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International Politics

How History Modifies Theory

Professor John M. Owen IV and Professor Richard N. Rosecrance

Publication Date - 04 January 2018

ISBN: 9780190216092

224 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Two notable scholars demonstrate how history can explain and impact IR theory


Presenting the development of international relations and its theories in a historical narrative spanning 500 years, International Politics: How History Modifies Theory offers a fresh perspective on twenty-first-century world politics. Rather than simply listing IR theories, this text demonstrates that certain theories explain the behavior of world politics better than others based on historical context. Offering a broader and deeper historical perspective than any other text on the market, it demonstrates how history can explain and impact theory development in the field of international relations.


  • A rigorous, lucid, and concise introduction to IR by two notable experts
  • Offers a broader and deeper historical perspective than any other text on the market
  • The authors present the development of International Relations and its theories in a historical narrative spanning 500 years

About the Author(s)

John M. Owen IV is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford universities, the Free University of Berlin, and the Berlin Social Science Research Center, and is a recipient of a Research Prize from the Humboldt Foundation of Bonn, Germany. A former Editor of Security Studies, he is author of Liberal Peace, Liberal War (2000) and The Clash of Ideas in World Politics (2010). He serves on the editorial board of International Security.

Richard N. Rosecrance is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at UCLA and Senior Fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He studies the trends in autonomy and interdependence in Europe and Asia, most particularly China.


"I am highly enthusiastic about International Politics: How History Modifies Theory. I love the deeper historical perspective. The blend of history and theory is both sophisticated yet accessible." --Ewan Harrison, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

"The authors are preeminent scholars who clearly command expertise in this area. The scholarship is excellent." --Steve Chan, University of Colorado, Boulder

"This is an interesting project by two very well known and accomplished scholars. We are bereft of works that show the interplay of deep history with theory, and this book fills that void nicely." --Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion University

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 The Reformation and the Absolutist State

    Chapter 3 Trading Vocations and Domestic Liberties

    Chapter 4 Liberalization, Revolution, and Reaction

    Chapter 5 Liberalization, Backlash, and the World Crisis

    Chapter 6 The World Crisis Continues

    Chapter 7 The Cold War: The Liberal International Subsystem Is Institutionalized

    Chapter 8 The West's Overbalance of Power and the Globalization of Liberalism

    Chapter 9 World Politics Today

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