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The Idea of "International System": Theory Meets History

The Idea of "International System": Theory Meets History This article uses a long view of history to examine structural realist ideas about international system. It has three themes: (1) that insufficient thought has been given to defining the necessary and suffi cient conditions for saying that an international system exists; (2) that such conceptions of international system as we do have are overwhelm ingly biased by the structural characteristics of the European experience; and (3) that international relations theory and history need each other. History provides a wealth of significant challenges to prevailing ortho doxies in international relations theory, and structural realist theory can be used as an interesting approach to formulating grand history. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Political Science Review SAGE

The Idea of "International System": Theory Meets History

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0192-5121
eISSN
1460-373X
DOI
10.1177/019251219401500302
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Abstract

This article uses a long view of history to examine structural realist ideas about international system. It has three themes: (1) that insufficient thought has been given to defining the necessary and suffi cient conditions for saying that an international system exists; (2) that such conceptions of international system as we do have are overwhelm ingly biased by the structural characteristics of the European experience; and (3) that international relations theory and history need each other. History provides a wealth of significant challenges to prevailing ortho doxies in international relations theory, and structural realist theory can be used as an interesting approach to formulating grand history.

Journal

International Political Science ReviewSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 1994

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