War: From Disciplinarity to Multidisciplinarity and Further to Transdisciplinarity

  • Petr Drulák
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


The study of war and peace used to be seen as a disciplinary core providing a clear identity for the study of international relations (IR) in the twentieth century, making IR a discipline separate from political science and other areas of social inquiry. On the other hand, as Aalto, Harle, Long and Moisio remind us in their introduction to this volume (see  Chapter 1), in its origins in the 1930s the scholarly study of war and peace was part of an interdisciplinary project of international studies (IS). It was only later that it became overshadowed by the ‘disciplinary turn’ in the shape of the single discipline of IR. This tension between disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity is not so surprising given that there are only few phenomena other than war which would generate greater attention in such a wide variety of scholarly disciplines and in other modes of representation.


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