By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George
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Cognate departments such as politics, law and history also provided useful resources (Schmidt 1998). But so too did thinkers subsequently drafted into the International Relations canon. Thucydides, Machiavelli and Grotius, for example, may not have taught in universities, but they wrote about the actors and events that shaped the ‘international relations’, as we now call it, of their day. Care must be taken here because the actors and events they described and analysed are vastly different to the ones that now animate international relations.
Yet MEIs continue to exercise, controversially, a great deal of influence over countries of the global South (see chapters 20 and 24). Debate continues about the power of these institutions to regulate the global economy and in whose interests they do so. These debates feed into more general discontent with globalisation (chapter 25). If the traditional agenda focuses on the system of states, the new agenda recognises the powerful influence of global or transnational actors, structures and processes.
We have to depart from somewhere (there is actually no point outside all tradition), so we start with what the competing traditions leave to us. But traditions are not given and homogeneous. They are ‘invented’, which is not to say that traditions are false or arbitrarily fabricated, only that the inheritance must be selected and interpreted before it can be received. Traditions are also heterogeneous, comprising multiple strands and legacies. 3). As Australian theorist Jim George (1994: 196) rightly points out, ‘the “great texts” of International Relations can be read in ways entirely contrary to their ritualized disciplinary treatment’.
An Introduction to International Relations: Australian Perspectives by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George