Taming the Sovereigns: Institutional Change in International Politics

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 22, 2004 - History - 349 pages
Many analysts claim that international politics has recently entered a new era, following the end of the Cold War and then the events of September 11th. In this book, Kalevi Holsti asks what we mean by 'change' in international politics. How do we identify it? How do we distinguish between significant and unimportant changes? Do we really live in a new era or do we see more continuity than transformation in the texture of international politics? Combining theoretical and empirical argument, Holsti investigates eight major international institutions including the state, sovereignty, territoriality, international law, diplomacy, trade and war. Having identified the types of change these institutions have undergone during the last three centuries, Holsti analyses the sources of those changes and speculates on their consequences. This is a major book, likely to have lasting influence in the study of international politics.
 

Contents

The problem of change in international relations rhetoric markers and metrics
1
States and statehood
28
Territoriality
73
Sovereignty
112
International law
143
Diplomacy
178
International trade
211
Colonialism
239
War
275
International institutions types sources and consequences of change
300
References
324
Index
344
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