From Thucydides to 1648: The “Missing” Years in IR and the Missing Voices in World History

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Abstract

International relations (IR) defines itself as a discipline by adhering to a Westphalian narrative centered on 1648. The following paper argues that IR should broaden its engagement with history to consider the international prior to 1648 and to examine global and transnational historical accounts that challenge the states in anarchy framework. This paper examines how pre-modern history is often used within IR as a foil for which western modernity and its superiority is defined. It concludes by arguing for the need to re-read the processes of modernity and imperialism that are commonly seen as the prelude to the familiar Eurocentric stories told in IR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495–508
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Volume22
Issue number4
Early online date19 Sept 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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