Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International by Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James

By Steve A. Yetiv, Patrick James

This edited quantity breaks new floor by way of innovatively drawing on a number of disciplines to reinforce our knowing of diplomacy and conflict.  the growth of information throughout disciplines and the more and more blurred limitations within the actual global either let and insist considering throughout highbrow borders. whereas multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary are favorite buzz phrases, remarkably few books improve them. but doing so can sharpen and extend our standpoint on educational and actual global concerns and difficulties. This booklet bargains the main complete remedy to this point and is a useful source for college kids, students and practitioners.

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Of course, historians themselves are concerned with just how accurate a rendering of history is possible (see Anderson 2015: 789). Among other points, some historians would argue that it is extremely difficult to know history; that language itself and what it connotes are subjective; that history is largely or partly a construction; or that what we consider to be important is gendered and dependent on a variety of perspectives. Clearly, my view is that aspects of history are knowable enough that using history would benefit IR scholars.

Single, detailed case studies, or a combination of many studies or books culled from the literature, facilitate efforts to see how one event leads to another. That makes it easier to ascribe causality in history’s train. This would be harder to accomplish from more streamlined analyses of the past which lack the deep context for revealing how seemingly unrelated events might well be connected. Historical work reveals the antecedent causes of war in a more specific light than does most IR scholarship (see Williams et al.

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. , James Moody, and Robert Faris. 2002. Networks and History. Complexity 8: 61–71. Bennett, Andrew, and Alexander George. 2005. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  Jr. 2008. Fashioning History: Current Practices and Principles. New York: Palgrave. Berlin, Isaiah. 1953. The Hedgehog and the Fox: A Chapter on Tolstoy’s View of History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

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