'This wide-ranging and popular work has already established itself as a standard treatment of the subject.' -European Journal of International Relations**'Many a graduate student could pass her international relations theory comprehensives if she committed the book to memory. The undergraduate lives in constant need of historical and theoretical perspective' Choice **Torbjorn L. Knutsen introduces ideas on international relations expressed by thinkers from the High Middle Ages to the present day and traces the development of four ever-present themes: war, peace, wealth and power. The book counters the view that international relations has no theoretical tradition and shows that scholars, soldiers and statesmen have been speculating about the subject for the last 700 years.**Beginning with the roots of the state and the concept of sovereignty in the Middle Ages, the author draws upon the insights of outstanding political thinkers - from Machiavelli and Hobbes to Hegel, Rousseau, and Marx and contemporary thinkers such as Woodrow Wilson, Lenin, Morgenthau and Walt - who profoundly influenced the emergence of a discrete discipline of International Relations in the twentieth century. Fully revised and updated, the final section embraces more recent approaches to the study of international relations, most notably postmodernism and ecologism.
Introduction - why a history of international relations theory; gods, sinners and the origins of IR theory; the roots of the modern; guns, ships and printing presses; absolutist politics; enlightenment politics; ideological politics; intermezzo - becoming contemporary; interwar politics; Cold War politics; rememberances of things past - and future.
Torbjorn Knutsen is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, University of Trondheim.