Geographies of the International System: Globalization, Empire and the Anthropocene

  • Simon Dalby
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


In the latter stages of the cold war, and through the early decades of the age of globalization, political scientists dominated the study of international relations. Notions of global politics were frequently presumed to be a matter of inter-state relations, and the study of international politics was frequently just the study of relations between territorial states. Other scholars made contributions, but the discussions of the pursuit of peace and power, to borrow Hans Morgenthau’s (1948) canonical formulation, was both a political science question in the academy, and to a substantial extent also an American scholarly preoccupation. Examining this in light of concerns about interdisciplinarity, and the contribution that other disciplines might make to the discussion implicitly raises the question of why the other disciplines might be largely missing in the first place. As Raymond Miller (2010) suggests, international relations has been dominated by political science for a very long time. Attempts at interdisciplinarity, while long part of the history of international studies, have not altered this hegemony (see  Chapter 2).


International Relation International System Homeland Security Territorial State Global Politics 
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