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History of International Relations

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Erik Ringmar, Ibn Haldun University

Copyright Year: 2019

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

Language: English

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Reviewed by Christina Bueno, Professor, Northeastern Illinois University on 4/28/21

This comprehensive text examines the history of international relations from a non-European perspective. Each of its eight chapters focuses on a different area of the world: China and East Asia, India, the Muslim Caliphates, Mongo Khanates,... read more

Reviewed by Tommy Tran, Lecturer, University of California, Merced on 3/11/20

The book is comprehensive in the extent that it does cover multiple regions across the world. It does have some glaring omissions, not the least are the matter of how these regional systems operated and how they were interpreted locally across... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. China and East Asia
  • 3. India and Indianization
  • 4. The Muslim Caliphates
  • 5. The Mongol Khanates
  • 6. Africa
  • 7. The Americas
  • 8. European Expansion

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  • About the Book

    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.

    About the Contributors


    Erik Ringmar is professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Yale University in 1993 with a PhD in political science and has subsequently worked at the London School of Economics and as professor of  international politics at Shanghai Jiaotong Daxue in Shanghai, China.

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