Foundations of Modern International Thought

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Between the early seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, major European political thinkers first began to look outside their national borders and envisage a world of competitive, equal sovereign states inhabiting an international sphere that ultimately encompassed the whole globe. In this insightful and wide-ranging work, David Armitage - one of the world's leading historians of political thought - traces the genesis of this international turn in intellectual history. Foundations of Modern International Thought combines important methodological essays, which consider the genealogy of globalisation and the parallel histories of empires and oceans, with fresh considerations of leading figures such as Hobbes, Locke, Burke and Bentham in the history of international thought. The culmination of more than a decade's reflection and research on these issues, this book restores the often overlooked international dimensions to intellectual history and recovers the intellectual dimensions of international history.

Table of Contents

Introduction: rethinking the foundations of modern international thought
Historiographical Foundations
The international turn in intellectual history
Is there a pre-history of globalisation?
The elephant and the whale: empires and oceans in world history
Seventeenth-Century Foundations: Hobbes and Locke
Hobbes and the foundations of modern international thought
John Locke's international thought
John Locke, Carolina and the Two Treatises of Government
John Locke: theorist of empire?
Eighteenth-Century Foundations
Parliament and international law in eighteenth-century Britain
Edmund Burke and Reason of State
Globalising Jeremy Bentham
Building on the Foundations: Making States since 1776
The Declaration of Independence and international law
Declarations of independence, 17762012
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