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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Rethinking International Relations

ISBN 9780333589052
Publication Date October 1994
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

International Relations as an academic discipline is faced with three major convergent challenges: a historical challenge from the end of the Cold War and from new forms of internationalism and fragmentation; an institutional challenge from the growing preoccupation of other social sciences with the international; and a theoretical challenge both from these cognate disciplines and from within. Ranging widely over the discipline, Fred Halliday's book powerfully reaffirms the specificity of International Relations and lays the basis for a long-overdue reformulation.

Introduction: the Pertinence of International Relations
Theories in Contention: A Discipline and its Discontents
A Wary Engagement: Historical Materialism and International Relations
State and Society in International Relations
International Society as Homogeneity Revolutions and the International System Hidden from International Relations: Women and the International Inter-systemic
Conflict: the Case of Cold War
A Singular Collapse: the Soviet Union and Inter-state
Competition International Relations and the 'End of History': Is there a New Agenda?
Conclusion: The Challenge of the Normative.


[C]haracteristically lucid, powerfully written and strongly argued...[The] three interrelated chapters on the end of the Cold War, together with the chapter on...revolution...are models of historically informed and theoretically sophisticated analysis...[The] chapter on...'International Relations and the End of History
'...is one of the best and most interesting essays on the recent wave of fin-de-siécle agonizing...that I have seen.' - Nick Rengger, Review of International Studies
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