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The Social Evolution of International Politics

Shiping Tang


Deploying an original “Social Evolution Paradigm (SEP)” and drawing from archaeology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and international relations, this book advances a sweeping account for the systemic transformation of international politics. More specifically, the book shows how the nasty and brutish Hobbesian/offensive realism world many of us take for granted had evolved from an Eden-like paradise; how the Hobbesian world had self-transformed into a more peaceful defensive realist world from 1648 to 1945; and how some regions of the post-1945 world have become more rule-based and peace ... More

Keywords: social evolution, international system, offensive realism, defensive realism, institutionalism, constructivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shiping Tang, author
Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China