History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective

Erik Ringmar

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Existing textbooks on international relations treat history in a cursory fashion and perpetuate a Euro-centric perspective. This textbook pioneers a new approach by historicizing the material traditionally taught in International Relations courses, and by explicitly focusing on non-European cases, debates and issues.
The volume is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on the international systems that traditionally existed in Europe, East Asia, pre-Columbian Central and South America, Africa and Polynesia. The second part discusses the ways in which these international systems were brought into contact with each other through the agency of Mongols in Central Asia, Arabs in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean, Indic and Sinic societies in South East Asia, and the Europeans through their travels and colonial expansion. The concluding section concerns contemporary issues: the processes of decolonization, neo-colonialism and globalization and their consequences on contemporary society.

History of International Relations provides a unique textbook for undergraduate and graduate students of international relations, and anybody interested in international relations theory, history, and contemporary politics.

History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective
Erk Rigmar| Forthcoming 2016
ISBN Paperback: 9781783740222
ISBN Hardback: 9781783740239
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783740246
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783740253
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783740260
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0074

Erik Ringmar is professor of political science at Lund University, Sweden. He has a PhD in political science from Yale University and taught for 12 years in the Government Department at the London School of Economics. He has written five books and some 40 articles exploring the history of international relations both from a European and an East-Asian perspective. He is currently writing a book, Performing International Systems: Alternatives to the European World, which will be published in 2015.