The Foreign Encounter In Myth And Religion is the second volume of Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, a three-volume project which is changing the way we think about international relations.
In the first, Deutscher prize-winning volume, Kees van der Pijl introduced the ground-breaking argument that our current international system of nation states is merely a historically specific form of foreign relations, rather than a permanent fixture. Now he traces the key characteristics of 'foreign encounters' over time, showing that myth, religion and ethical philosophies have always informed the way that societies have interacted with outsiders. This points us towards the future state of international relations.
A truly masterful work, The Foreign Encounter In Myth And Religion, is a must for upper-undergraduates and academics at the cutting edge of international relations theory.
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Kees van der Pijl is a Fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy and Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex. His books include The Foreign Encounter in Myth and Religion (Pluto, 2010), the Deutscher prize-winning Nomads, Empires, States (Pluto, 2007), Global Rivalries from the Cold War to Iraq (Pluto, 2006) and The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class (new edition, 2012).Review:
'An exploration of the mythical, religious, cultural and ideological themes through which the historically and geographically distinct communities' modes of foreign relations have been understood, organised and narrated' -- Radhika Desai 'Challenges us to understand the world in its full complexity and contradictory actuality' -- Peter Bratsis 'A brilliant treatise on the 'foreign encounter'. Magisterial in scope, this book reshapes our conception of historical temporalities, civilisational flows and international relations' -- Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Sixth Century Chair in International Relations, University of Aberdeen
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