Revolution and World Order: The Revolutionary State in International Society (Hardback)
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Revolution and World Order: The Revolutionary State in International Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 338 Pages / Published: 10/06/1993
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In this important study David Armstrong examines the impact of revolutionary states on the international system. These states have always posed major problems for the achievement of world order: revolution is often accompanied by international as well as civil conflict, while revolutionary doctrines have proven to be highly disruptive of the existing structure of international politics. Dr Armstrong asks whether revolutionary states are 'socialized' into adopting acceptable patterns of international behaviour or whether it is international society that is forced to change when these new states appear. He looks in detail at the French, American, and Russian revolutions and at several post-1945 revolutionary states; he also examines the relationship between revolutionary states and the principal ordering devices of international society: international law, diplomacy, and the balance of power. His book is a major contribution to international relations and an important development and application of the 'international society' concept.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198275282
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`Well researched and valuable accounts ... much of considerable value.' Times Higher Education Supplement
`David Armstrong's book is a masterly examination of three key issues ... With a wealth of quotation and historical detail, Armstrong demonstrates that there is a logic and a common pattern in revolutionary perceptions of the international system ... What is more original in Armstrong's analysis is his sensitive exploration of how some residue of the original creed continues to play a part in the world-view of once-revolutionary states ... this book is striking for its admirably rich and varied haul of quotations ... not only the best book on its particular subject, but also makes a notable contribution to the understanding of international relations generally ... He has illuminated it superbly, and in so doing has added a dynamic element to the notion of the anarchical society.' Diplomacy and Society
'David Armstrong's scholarship and industry have come to the rescue; his book contains such a wealth of carefully drawn up material, shedding light on a wide cross-section of opinion as it unfolds, that even those students chronically unsure of themselves should be able to acquit themselves satisfactorily.' Susan Walker, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London, International Affairs, Vol. 70, No. 1, January 1994
`an enormously valuable ideological study of Westphalian `international society' ... His analysis is rich and instructive ... Only the staunchest neo-realist, in the end, will fail to learn from this study' International Journal
This is a perceptive, lucid and long overdue contribution to the literature. * Political Studies *
The material in this book should be of great interest to students of international politics who want to know more about the possible effects of global social norms on state behaviour. * International History Review *

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