Introduction: Historical International Relations

Benjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa López, Halvard Leira

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    Disciplinary International Relations (IR) grew in part out of the discipline of History. Even so, the subfield of Historical International Relations (HIR) is a relatively new one. A mere decade ago, a handbook such as this one would have seemed unthinkable. Sure, there were books about History and IR (Elman and Elman, 1997) and more on the way (Bukovansky et al., forthcoming), people discussed the “problem of history” in IR (Armitage, 2004; Vaughan-Williams, 2005) and it was asked what history could be in IR (Hobson and Lawson, 2008). These takes nevertheless all supposed either the existence of a divide to be bridged or a continuum where the enterprises of History and IR were commensurable. The emergence and institutionalisation of a distinct subfield over the last decade has radically changed that landscape. Writing in 2020, it is obvious that a burgeoning subfield of HIR not only exists within the discipline, but that it has come to age and is thriving. As the ensuing chapters vividly demonstrate, so much material is being produced that a stock-taking exercise is both possible and necessary. This handbook attempts just such a stocktaking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations
    EditorsBenjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez, Halvard Leira
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351168960
    ISBN (Print)9780815347644
    Publication statusPublished - Jun-2021

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