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Foundations of Modern International Thought Paperback – November 29, 2012

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"In this masterly set of essays David Armitage considers the significance of globalization for the past history of the European state and the political thought it generated. He sets the agenda for the next phase of research and writing on the great subject."
J. G. A. Pocock, Folger Institute and Johns Hopkins University

"This brilliantly evocative, collection of essays covers the evolution of international political thought all the way from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. David Armitage has virtually created a new field of historical, and political inquiry. He has also shown just how important the concerns of the past three centuries have been to the way we think about international politics today. We are all - historians, political philosophers policy-makers, international lawyers - greatly in his debt."
Anthony R. Pagden, University of California, Los Angeles

"David Armitage has done as much as anyone to constitute the history of international thought as a recognizable field of study among historians, political theorists, and scholars of international relations over the last decade. The vibrancy and intellectual energy of the field owe a great deal to his scholarly imagination, his breadth of historical knowledge, and his rare ability to discern and characterize problem spaces and areas of inquiry both in the past and today. This book brings together his pioneering essays on the neglected international facets of key thinkers and political moments, spanning the modern period from the early seaborne empires to the proliferation of new states in the nineteenth century. Wide-ranging, informed by a striking unity of purpose, and consistently engaging, this book gently but firmly unsettles many of the myths - about founding fathers, watershed events, and the gulf between the domestic and international spheres - that have long lain at the heart of international studies."
Jennifer Pitts, University of Chicago

"David Armitage is one of the world's leading historians of political thought. Over the last twenty years he has helped to define the ways in which historians and political theorists study the ideological dimensions of empire and international politics. Foundations of Modern International Thought collects some of his most important work. Combining virtuoso agenda-setting essays with penetrating historical studies of seminal thinkers, this landmark volume is likely to shape scholarship for years to come."
Duncan Bell, University of Cambridge

"David Armitage is one of the leading figures in the 'international' turn in intellectual history. In Foundations of Modern International Thought he brilliantly traces the various ways in which modern international relations and international law were shaped between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. The culmination of over a decades work and thought, this is a work of commanding erudiition, by a scholar at the height of his powers, that will justly be seen as a landmark in fields as varied as intellectual history, political thought, international relations theory and international legal theory."
Nicholas Rengger, University of St Andrews

"... Armitage's approach is both groundbreaking as history and relevant to our collective situation, because what he's engaged in is the historian's project at its most ambitious and rewarding. He is trying to change the way we think about our world by going backwards - to the origins of globalisation - and showing how much we've forgotten since."
Matthew Wolfson, Prospect

"... profound and erudite ..."
Gilles Andréani, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

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In this insightful and wide-ranging work, David Armitage advances the burgeoning field of international intellectual history. He combines important methodological essays with original scholarship that examines afresh the contribution of leading figures such as Hobbes, Locke, Burke and Bentham to the history of international thought.

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