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An Introduction to the English School of International Relations. The Societal Approach. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2708331
  • Book
  • May 2014
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This outstanding book is the first comprehensive introduction to the English School of International Relations. Written by leading ES scholar Barry Buzan, it expertly guides readers through the English School’s formative ideas, intellectual and historical roots, current controversies and future avenues of development.

Part One sets out the English School’s origins and development, explaining its central concepts and methodological tools, and placing it within the broader canon of IR theory. Part Two offers a detailed account of the historical, regional and social structural strands of the English School, explaining the important link between the school’s historical projects and its interest in a societal approach to international relations. Part Three explores the School’s responses to the enduring problems of order and justice, and highlights the changing balance between pluralist and solidarist institutions in the evolution of international society over the past five centuries. The book concludes with a discussion of the English School’s ongoing controversies and debates, and identifies opportunities for further research.

For students new to the topic this book will provide an accessible and balanced overview, whilst those already familiar with the ES will be prompted to look afresh at their own understanding of its significance and potentiality.
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Foreword vii

Part I Background and Context 1

Introduction 3

1 The Evolution of the English School 5

2 Key Concepts 12

3 Theories and Methodologies 21

Conclusions to Part I 39

Part II The Historical/Structural Orientation 41

Introduction 43

4 International Society in World History 47

5 The Expansion of European International Society 60

Conclusions to Part II: Theorizing International Society as

Social Structure 78

Part III Normative Orientations: Pluralism and Solidarism 81

Introduction 83

6 Classical Pluralism and its Successors 89

7 Pluralism in Historical Perspective 97

8 Classical Solidarism and its Successors 113

9 Solidarism in Historical Perspective 134

Conclusions to Part III 164

10 Ongoing Debates and Emergent Agendas 168

Notes 188

References 194

Index 223

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Barry Buzan London School of Economics and Political Science.
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