Synopses & Reviews
What is meant by international society? On what principles is the notion of international society based? How has the notion of nationalism influenced its evolution? In this book James Mayall addresses these questions and sheds important new light on the issues of nation and international society by bringing together subjects that have hitherto been examined separately. Three central themes run throughout the study. First, the challenge posed to previous conceptions of international society and order by the principle of national self-determination. Secondly, the relationship between national and liberal ideas about the organization of political and economic relations between states. And thirdly, the merging of the economic and political aspects of nationalist thought in recent claims by Third World states on the international community.
"This prominent remergence of ethnic nationalism in Eastern Europe and Central Asia provides an excellent background to and argument for the importance of this book." Choice
What is meant by international society? On what principle is the notion of international society based? In this book James Mayall addresses these questions and sheds important new light upon the issues of nation and international society.
The meaning of 'international society', the principles on which it is based, and the way in which the notion of nationalism has influenced international society are discussed by James Mayall. In a theoretical discussion of the relationship between the ideas of nationalism and international society he maintains that it is one of challenge and accommodation.
Geared to the interests of modern historians of world decolonization and economic nationalism, this study of international relations will provide insight into issues relevant to nationalism and international society.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The search for the international system: the problem of theory; 2. The society of states; 3. Nationalism and the creation of states; 4. Nationalism and the international order; 5. Economic nationalism and the liberal world order; 6. The new economic nationalism; 7. Post-colonial nationalism; 8. The third world and international society; Conclusion; Notes; Index.