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Political Theories of International Relations


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INTRODUCTION 1: The Character of the Philosophy of International Relations 2: Empiricism, Universal Moral Order and Historical Reason PART ONE: EMPIRICAL REALISM 3: The Primacy of Interest: Classical Greece 4: Thucydides' History 5: Machiavelli, Human Nature and the Exemplar of Rome 6: The Priority of the Secular: The Medieval Inheritance and Machiavelli's Subordination of Ethics to Politics 7: Inter-Community and International Relations in Hobbes PART TWO: UNIVERSAL MORAL ORDER 8: The Priority of Law and Morality: the Greeks and Stoics 9: Constraining the Causes and Conduct of War: Aquinas, Vitoria, Gentili and Grotius 10: Pufendorf and the Peron of the State 11: International and Cosmopolitan Societies PART THREE: HISTORICAL REASON 12: Redemption through Independence: Rousseau 13: Edmund Burke and Historical Reason 14: Hegel's Theory of International Relations 15: Marx and the Capitalist World System 16: Identity, Human Rights and the Extensions of the Moral Community: the Political Theory of International Relations in the Twentieth Century Bibliography Index

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David Boucher was educated at the universities of Wales, London and Liverpool. He was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and a senior lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He is currently a Reader in Political Theory and Government at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Senior Fellow of the Collingwood Centre, University of Wales, Swansea, and has held fellowships at Cardiff and the History of Ideas Unit, Australian National University. He was a Senior Associate of Pembroke College, Oxford in 1996 and a visiting fellow of New College, Oxford 1998. He is the chairman of the Trustees of the R.G. Collingwood Society and joint editor of the journal Colingwood Studies. He has published widely in the History of Thought in International Relations and has taught the subject for twelve years.


'...illuminating and provocative guide to the classics' Ethics and International Affairs `What is beyond doubt is that this is a deeply impressive work of scholarship. It stands alone - there are other books that provide short, snappy accounts of the various writers Boucher discusses, and a small number of works that discuss in detail one or two of his subjects, but there is no other history of international thought that comes even close to this in terms of level of sophistication or scope. It is a remarkable achievement.' Professor Chris Brown, London School of Economics, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Apr 2000.

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