A plea to scholars of global politics to turn away from the 'manufacture' of data and to return to a systematic study of history as a basis for theory.
Theory and History in International Relations is an eloquent plea to scholars of global politics to turn away from the "manufacture" of data and return to a systematic study of history as a basic for theory. While the modest use of empiricism will always be important, Puchala rejects the logical positivism of the so-called "scientific revolution" in the field in favor of a more complex, even intuitive, vision of global politics. He addresses the potential uses of history in studying some of the major debates of our time-the Cold War as a struggle between empires, the collision of civilizations, cultural encounters and colonies in the ancient world, and liberal approaches to the understanding of history and ethical contributions to the dialogue over theory.
Table of Contents
Richard W. Mansbach
Introduction 1 (13)
International Relations Theory in 14 (19)
The Pragmatics of International History 33 (18)
International Theory and Cyclical History 51 (22)
The Tragedy of War and the Search for 73 (21)
Meaning in International History
The Dancing Dinosaurs of the Cold War 94 (25)
International Encounters of Another Kind 119(24)
Colonization and Culture in the Ancient 143(21)
Myth, History, and Morality 164(25)
Liberal Theory and Linear History 189(25)
Beyond the Divided Discipline 214(13)