The Idea of Civilization and the Making of the Global Order

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The idea of civilization recurs frequently in reflections on international politics. However, International Relations academic writings on civilization have failed to acknowledge the major 20th-century analysis that examined the processes through which Europeans came to regard themselves as uniquely civilized – Norbert Elias’s On the Process of Civilization.

This book provides a comprehensive exploration of the significance of Elias’s reflections on civilization for International Relations. It explains the working principles of an Eliasian, or process-sociological, approach to civilization and the global order and demonstrates how the interdependencies between state-formation, colonialism and an emergent international society shaped the European 'civilizing process'.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages340
ISBN (Electronic)978-1529213881
ISBN (Print)978-1529213911
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2020


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