The Eurocentric Conception of World Politics: Western International Theory, 1760-2010 (Paperback)John M. Hobson (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 406
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 228 x 155 x 19 mm
'A masterful and provocative history of Western International Theory that challenges IR scholars to be sensitive to the Eurocentric biases of their intellectual heritage. This important and carefully reasoned book is a call to all of us to re-examine the moral and ethical implications of our research.' J. Ann Tickner, University of Southern California
'John M. Hobson's ambitious, searching, and wide-ranging critique of a long line of thinkers - from Immanuel Kant, Adam Smith, to Hans Morgenthau - whose writings gave Western International Theory its current shape, is a tour de force. Not only does Hobson point up the persistently Eurocentric organization of the field, he also succeeds in making careful and important distinctions between varieties of Orientalism and Eurocentrism that are usually missing from contemporary analyses. All students of 'world politics' will benefit from this book that represents one of the finest contributions to date to postcolonial studies of international theory.' Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
'[Hobson's] book will be necessary reading for all those interested in IR.' Patrick Chabal, International Affairs
"With his survey of two and a half centuries of conceptualizing world politics, Hobson launches an extended, comprehensive polemic against what he defines as Eurocentric theory ... This is a book for the most dedicated readers - it is recommended as a fertile source of material to argue over." R. P. Peters, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Choice
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