Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy: Nomads, Empires, States v. 1

Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy: Nomads, Empires, States v. 1

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This book breaks new ground in the way we think about international relations theory. Kees van der Pijl argues that by making the "nation-state" the focus of international relations, the discipline has become Euro-centric and a-historical. Theories of imperialism and historic civilisations, and their relation to world order, have been discarded. With more than half the world's population living in cities, with unprecedented levels of migration, global politics is present on every street corner. The "international" is no longer only a balance of power among states, but includes tribal relations making a comeback in various ways. Outlining a new approach to IR theory, the book makes a case for a re-reading of world history in terms of foreign relations, and shows what it reveals about both our past and our future. This book is a new reinterpretation of Marxist thought on the history of Inter National relations. Its theoretical core is the concept of Modes of Foerin relations.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0745326005
  • 9780745326009

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About Kees Van Der Pijl

Kees Van der Pijl is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. He holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. His books include, among others, The Making of the Atlantic Ruling Class (1984) and Transnational Classes and International Relations (1998).
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"One of those rare books that will change the way thoughtful people think." Gabriel Kolko "[This] inspired account brings together history, economics and politics to create a nuanced view of rivalry and cooperation among the great powers." Thomas Ferguson, University of Massachusetts, Boston "A magisterial work." Stephen Gill, York University, Toronto"
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Table of contents

Preface; 1. Foreign Relations and the Marxist Legacy; 2. Tribal Encounters; 3. Imperial Universalism and the Nomad Counterpoint; 4. The Conquest of the Oceans-Ethnogenesis of the West; 5. Worlds of Difference; References; Index.
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