Originally published in 1978, this book examines how the states-system grew over generations, first within Europe, then world wide and how the idea of the state came to monopolise our vision of the world. It discusses the grounds for the division of humanity into separate states in reason and history and whether or not we can use terms like ‘obligation’ and ‘justice’ in seeking to understand our relations with people of other states.
Introduction Michael Donelan 1. The Practice of a States-System Maurice Keens-Soper 2. Legitimacy in a States-System: Vattel’s Law of Nations Peter F. Butler 3. Patterns of Thought and Practice: Martin Wright’s ‘International Theory’ Brian Porter 4. The Political Theorists and International Theory Michael Donelan 5. The Problem of Meaning in International Thought Moorhead Wright 6. Knowledge, the State and the State of Nature Cornelia Navari 7. International Society and International Theory James Mayall 8. Justice in International Relations Christopher Brewin 9. Obligation and the Understanding of International Relations Barrie Paskins 10. The Justification of the State Philip Windsor 11. International Relations and Philosophy of History Peter Savigear 12. Schools of Thought in International Relations Stephen George