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Global History and International Relations

Lawson, G. & Mulich, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-7919-1836 (2023). Global History and International Relations. In: Bukovansky, M., Keene, E., Reus-Smit, C. & Spanu, M. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of History and International Relations. (79-C6P155). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198873457.013.6


This chapter examines the relationship between global history and International Relations (IR) with the aim of showing how a closer engagement would enrich both disciplines. The chapter begins by charting the multiple forms that global history takes, highlighting some of the key issues at stake in the global turn. It then examines the ways in which IR has engaged with, or failed to engage with, these histories across a variety of theoretical approaches. The final section outlines two possibilities for how engagement between IR and global history can be developed further in the future: a minimalist vision premised on the generation of synthetic historical-theoretical work, and a maximalist vision based on the construction of new, non-Eurocentric histories of transboundary encounters and entanglements.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This material was originally published in The Oxford Handbook of History and International Relations edited by Mlada Bukovansky (ed.), Edward Keene (ed.), Christian Reus-Smit (ed.), Maja Spanu (ed.) and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press For permission to reuse this material, please visit
Publisher Keywords: global history, historical IR, historical sociology, historiography, historicism, Eurocentrism
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs
School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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