Beyond the Anarchical Society

Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

Beyond the Anarchical Society

It is commonly argued that the international system is currently in a state of upheaval, as state sovereignty is challenged by a variety of forces. Keene's book questions this assumption, arguing that sovereignty has never existed globally in any case, and suggesting that it has applied only to Western states. International relations elsewhere have been characterized by the norms of colonialism, rather than international law. The book examines the conduct of the British and Dutch empires, and how the traditions of colonialism have been challenged in the modern world.


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"Edward Keene's succinct and cogently argued book merits the attention of intellectual historians, legal scholars, and International Relations theorists." Itinerario

"This is a learned and well-researched book, eloquently presented and persuasive in its tracing of Grotian principles and the various modes of hierarchy employed by the colonial powers. ...well worth the read." The International History Review

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