This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.

International Society and International Law

International society and international law

In this chapter the emergence of the ‘Society of States’ will be examined along with the simultaneous emergence of what later became known as ‘International Law’. The emergence of the society of states was a process that took a century and a half – the so-called ‘long sixteenth century’, 1492–1648, and was largely theorised in the century after 1648; International Law took on a recognisable shape in the same period, but has roots in the high Medieval period, and perhaps earlier. In the second half of the chapter, the work of the English School will be examined; the English School is nowadays the branch of IR theory most closely associated with International Society – ...

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