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International Political Thought and Historical International Relations

Rosenboim, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-3764-2133 & Hartnett, L. (2021). International Political Thought and Historical International Relations. In: de Carvalho, B., Costa Lopez, J. & Leira, H. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations. (pp. 99-110). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351168960-10


This paper critically surveys recent developments in the subfield of Historical International Relations (IR). It looks at the evolution of Historical IR as a particular approach to the study of IR, and examines its development through competing approaches offered by contemporary scholars. The paper suggests that this subfield provides an insightful and innovative branch of scholarship in contemporary IR, which can pave the way to new futures of the discipline. In particular, the chapter explores in depth the various interactions between Historical IR and International Political Thought (IPT), which has recently gained greater prominence in the discipline of History. The paper argues that the dialogue between these two approaches to the study of the international – Historical IR and IPT – can be mutually enriching, but also embodies some methodological limits. Finally, the paper offers some ways forward in the intersection of Historical IR and IPT.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations on 29 Jun 2019, available online:
Subjects: D History General and Old World
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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