Historical sociology and world history: uneven and combined development over the longue durée

Matin, Kamran and Anievas, Alexander (2016) Historical sociology and world history: uneven and combined development over the longue durée. Global Dialogues: Developing Non-Eurocentric IR and IPE series . Rowman & Littlefield International, US. ISBN 9781783486816

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Abstract

The concept of 'uneven and combined development' was originally coined by Leon Trotsky to theorise Tsarist Russia's distinctive experience of modernity and revolution. But it has re-emerged over the last decade or so as a burgeoning research programme within International Relations (IR) and historical sociology. It has been critically and creatively deployed in two main areas: the provision of a sociological foundation to international theory overcoming the chronic schism between ‘sociological’ and ‘geopolitical’ modes of enquiry; and, relatedly, in superseding prevailing Eurocentric approaches in the social sciences.

This volume is the first to provide a sustained reflection on the idea of uneven and combined development as the intellectual basis for a non-Eurocentric social theory of ‘the international’. It does so through a series of empirically rich and theoretically informed analyses of socio-historical change, political transformation, and intersocietal conflict over the longue durée. The volume thereby aims to demonstrate the unique potentials of uneven and combined development in overcoming IR and historical sociology’s shared inability to theorize the interactive and multilinear character of development.

Item Type: Edited Book
Keywords: Eurocentrism, Historical Sociology, Uneven and Combined Development, World History
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D016 Methodology- General works
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change > HM0836 Causes
J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ1305 Scope of international relations. Political theory. Diplomacy
Depositing User: Kamran Matin
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 08:28
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2017 09:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68106

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