International historical what?

Owens, Patricia (2016) International historical what? International Theory, 8 (3). pp. 448-457. ISSN 1752-9719

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This essay examines the relationship between history and theory through a historical and political analysis of the rise of distinctly social theories, concepts, and practices in the ‘long 19th century’. Sociomania, obsession with things ‘socio’, is a problem in international theory. It is also a serious missed opportunity for Buzan and Lawson’s study of the 19th century. "The Global Transformation" contributes to international theory in showing how mainstream IR has failed to grasp the full significance of this period. But, in this crucial regard at least, so too have its authors. In adopting rather than fully historicizing the rise and expansion of social theories, works of ‘historical social science’ obscure rather than illuminate the historical and political origins of social forms of governance and thought; underestimate their significance for the history of international theory; and are unable to identify the more fundamental governance form of which the rise of the modern social realm is a concrete historical expression.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: International theory, international history, nineteenth-century, history of social science
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Advanced International Theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Patricia Owens
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 12:25
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 12:25
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