The untimely historical sociologist

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    This article examines the historical sociology that informs Andrew Linklater's Violence and Civilization in the Western States-Systems. On the sociological side, it critically assesses Linklater's use of Elias and Wight, arguing that his 'higher level synthesis' is internally incompatible. On the historical side, the article argues that the occlusion of the transnational interactions that, in great measure, drive historical development means that Linklater's analysis is inadequate for its stated purpose: to chart the development of civilising processes within the Western state-systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)671-685
    JournalReview of International Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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