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The global transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations

Buzan, Barry and Lawson, George (2015) The global transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations. Cambridge studies in international relations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107630802

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Identification Number: 10.1017/CBO9781139565073


The 'long nineteenth century' (1776–1914) was a period of political, economic, military and cultural revolutions that re-forged both domestic and international societies. Neither existing international histories nor international relations texts sufficiently register the scale and impact of this 'global transformation', yet it is the consequences of these multiple revolutions that provide the material and ideational foundations of modern international relations. Global modernity reconstituted the mode of power that underpinned international order and opened a power gap between those who harnessed the revolutions of modernity and those who were denied access to them. This gap dominated international relations for two centuries and is only now being closed. By taking the global transformation as the starting point for international relations, this book repositions the roots of the discipline and establishes a new way of both understanding and teaching the relationship between world history and international relations.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 16:22
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:10

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