A History of International Thought: From the Origins of the by Lucian Ashworth

International Affairs

By Lucian Ashworth

International inspiration is the fabricated from significant political alterations during the last few centuries, in particular the improvement of the trendy nation and the industrialisation of the area financial system. whereas the query of ways to house strangers from different groups has been a relentless all through human heritage, it's only in fresh centuries that the query of ‘foreign relatives’ (and specifically imperialism and conflict) became an issue of urgency for all sectors of society during the international. This ebook offers the 1st complete assessment of the evolution of Western overseas inspiration, and charts how this developed into the predominantly Anglophone box of diplomacy. alongside the best way numerous myths of the origins of diplomacy are explored and uncovered: the parable of the peace of Westphalia, the myths of Versailles and the character of the League of countries, the realist-idealist ‘Great Debate’ fable, and the parable of appeasement. significant ways to the examine of overseas affairs are mentioned inside of their context and all alone phrases, instead of being shoe-horned into anachronistic ‘paradigms’. Written in a transparent and obtainable sort, Ashworth’s research unearths how ancient myths were used as gatekeeping units, and the way a severe re-examination of the heritage of overseas inspiration can impact how we see foreign affairs today.

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