"Latham’s book deserves a wide readership. It is the first of its kind to engage with a literature that is probably unfamiliar to most students of international relations. It integrates historical interpretations of medieval politics with reflections on principal theories of international relations, and specifically with constructivist scholarship. ... Not the least of the reasons for welcoming this study, which is a courageous and innovative one by any standard, is that it stimulates large questions about the relationship between the medieval and modern international orders and about how to characterise and explain the main continuities and discontinuities. Theorising Medieval Geopolitics is essential reading for those who are interested in the historical development of the modern European state and states-system. It is invaluable for those who wish to understand what is at stake theoretically in attempting to understand the relationship between the ‘medieval’ and ‘modern’ eras."
– Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University, e-International Relations
About the Author
Andrew Latham is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota. He teaches International Relations and Medieval Political Thought. His most recent publication is "Theorizing the Crusades: Identity, Institutions and Religious War in Medieval Latin Christendom," International Studies Quarterly, 2011, vol. 55, no. 1, 223–243.