Theories and philosophies of history in international relations

Joseph MacKay, Christopher LaRoche

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    International Relations (IR) scholarship has long been informed, though often tacitly, by theories or philosophies of history. This chapter surveys theories of history, especially as they have shaped the field. We proceed as follows. First, we define philosophy or theory of history and briefly delineate its modern intellectual history. Second, we survey its shifting impact on disciplinary IR. From the early-twentieth century onward, we pay attention to philosophy of history tracking IR's interest in history as such: prominent early on, declining through the postwar period, and more recently reappearing, in proliferating variety. We close with a discussion of ways forward for theories and theorists of history in IR.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Historical International Relations
    Editors Benjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez and Halvard Leira
    Place of PublicationUK
    ISBN (Print)9780815347644
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

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