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The Idea of Civilization and the Making of the Global Order

By Andrew Linklater

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

304 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529213911

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

304 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529213874

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

18 Nov 2020

Page count

304 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529213881

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    The Idea of Civilization and the Making of the Global Order

    The idea of civilization recurs frequently in academic and non-academic reflections on international politics. However, international relations academic writings on civilization have failed to acknowledge the major 20th Century analysis that examined the processes through which Europeans came to regard themselves as uniquely civilized – Norbert Elias’s On the Process of Civilization.

    This book provides a comprehensive exploration of the significance of Elias’s reflections on civilization for international relations. It explains the working principles of an Eliasian, or process-sociological, approach to civilization and the global order and demonstrates how the interdependencies between state-formation, colonialism and an emergent international society shaped the European 'civilizing process.'

    Andrew Linklater is Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University.

    Introduction;

    The Return of the Discourse of Civilization;

    Elias’s Analysis of the European Civilizing Process;

    The Nation-State, War and Human Equality;

    The Classical European Standard of Civilization;

    Civilization, Diplomacy and the Enlargement of International Society;

    Standards of Civilization in the Post-European Global Order;

    Civilizing Processes Affecting Humanity as a Whole;

    Conclusion