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Nation-States and the Global EnvironmentNew Approaches to International Environmental History$
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Erika Marie Bsumek, David Kinkela, and Mark Atwood Lawrence

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199755356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755356.001.0001

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International Systems and Their Discontents

(p.275) Afterword
Nation-States and the Global Environment

J. R. McNeill

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   international system, piracy, slavery, infectious disease, climate change

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