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Beyond the Anarchical Society: Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

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Edward KeeneUniversity of Oxford

ISBN13: 9780521008013
ISBN: 0521008018
Published: November 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99
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Edward Keene argues that the conventional idea of an 'anarchical society' of equal and independent sovereign states is an inadequate description of order in modern world politics. International political and legal order has always been dedicated to two distinct goals: to try to promote the toleration of different ways of life, while advocating the adoption of one specific way, that it labels 'civilization'. The nineteenth-century solution to this contradiction was to restrict the promotion of civilization to the world beyond Europe. That discriminatory way of thinking has now broken down, with the result that a single, global order is supposed to apply to everyone, but opinion is still very much divided as to what the ultimate purpose of this global order should be, and how its political and legal structure should be organised.

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1. The orthodox theory of order in world politics
2. The Grotian theory of the law of nations
3. Colonialism, imperialism and extra-European international politics
4. Two patterns of modern international order: toleration and civilisation
5. Order in contemporary world politics, global but divided