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The untimely historical sociologist

Lawson, George (2017) The untimely historical sociologist. Review of International Studies, 43 (04). pp. 671-685. ISSN 0260-2105

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0260210517000304


This article examines the historical sociology that informs Andrew Linklater’s Violence and Civilization in the Western States-Systems. On the sociological side, it critically assesses Linklater’s use of Elias and Wight, arguing that his ‘higher level synthesis’ is internally incompatible. On the historical side, the article argues that the occlusion of the transnational interactions that, in great measure, drive historical development means that Linklater’s analysis is inadequate for its stated purpose: to chart the development of civilising processes within the Western state-systems

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Additional Information: © 2017 British International Studies Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:36

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