Back to the renaissance

Patomaki, H 2009, 'Back to the renaissance', International Relations, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 155-159.


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Title Back to the renaissance
Author(s) Patomaki, H
Year 2009
Journal name International Relations
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 155
End page 159
Total pages 5
Publisher Sage
Abstract Richard Ned Lebow has written a monumental and unique book. Few IR scholars can claim such multi-expertise in the ancient world, medieval Europe, modern Europe before 1789, the era of new imperialism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the contemporary era. The bibliography runs to nearly 170 pages. A Cultural Theory of International Relations is not only monumental but also nuanced in its account of human motives, agency and responsibility in a world where no order is eternal. It is written in very readable and clear prose, and follows an easily understandable chronological order. Seen as an alternative to the economistic versions of liberalism and political realism, Lebow's theory provides genuine insights into the complex nature of power and into non-materialistic human possibilities. In short, A Cultural Theory of International Relations shows deep humanistic learning.
Subject International Relations
Keyword(s) consciusness
culture
human nature
international relations
Lebow
theory
DOI - identifier 10.1177/004711117808100622
Copyright notice © 2009 SAGE Publications
ISSN 00471178
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