International Systems and Their Discontents
This Afterword argues that for many centuries international systems and inter-imperial systems were mismatched to the transnational and trans-imperial issues that they faced. The present mismatch between an international system with more than 200 sovereign states and the global environmental problems of today is in this respect nothing new. By examining the history of the marginalization of slavery, piracy, and infectious disease, all of which required international cooperation, this Afterword aims to shed some light on the adjustments to culture and politics around the world that would be required to tackle climate change in particular.
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