Europe and the Scope of International Society

Ian Clark

in Legitimacy in International Society

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219193
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191717734 | DOI:
 Europe and the Scope of International Society

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This chapter addresses two interconnected issues about the historical trajectory of international society. First, in terms of its character, whether it started out essentially European, and then changed in fundamental ways to become increasingly, and genuinely, multicultural? Second, in terms of its scope, whether its historical course has been one of constant and continuous expansion in the sense that it started from a narrow geographical base, and ever since has become progressively, and consistently, broader. It establishes that the international development of notions of legitimacy was grounded in a real debate about the nature and scope of international society, sparked off by the age of discovery.

Keywords: international relations; international history; legitimacy; multicultural; international society

Chapter.  8631 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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