An introduction to international relations: The origins and changing agendas of a discipline

Devetak, Richard (2012). An introduction to international relations: The origins and changing agendas of a discipline. In Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke and Jim George (Ed.), An introduction to international relations 2nd ed. (pp. 1-19) Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

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Author Devetak, Richard
Title of chapter An introduction to international relations: The origins and changing agendas of a discipline
Title of book An introduction to international relations
Place of Publication Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Edition 2nd
ISBN 9781107600003
Editor Richard Devetak
Anthony Burke
Jim George
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Total chapters 36
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This Introduction begins by outlining what is meant by international relations. Second, it tells the story of how and why the study of international relations emerged when it did in the early twentieth century. Knowing something about the discipline's origins does not tell us everything we need to know about international relations today, but it will help us to understand the legacy left by the discipline's original purpose and by older traditions of thought. Third, it sketches the contours of the changing agenda of international relations, a shift that some scholars describe as a transition from international relations to world politics or from the 'traditional' to the 'new' agenda. Although there can be little doubt that as political reality has changed new theoretical and conceptual tools have become necessary to grasp it, we should not assume that the myriad changes to our world have rendered the 'traditional' agenda and its theories obsolete. Far from it; the 'new' agenda, as we shall see, supplements but does not supplant the 'traditional' agenda. It is now more important than ever to consider the relationships between 'traditional' and 'new' theories and issues. This textbook is intended to help you think about these relationships.
Keyword International Relations
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