This project examines the early modern roots of the international system, and how it evolved over time, asking how new are the "new" trends in global governance? Early Modern International Relations (EMIR)
As parts of the world are steeped in pre-modern structures, struggle to enter modernity or are seeing the height of modern society, the West is entering a post-modern period. The post-Cold War era has been characterized by many as a time of dramatic change in what has conveniently been labeled the Westphalian system of states, with an increasing number of diverse actors entering the state of global politics.
New trends in global governance are by scholars of International Relations and historians seen as heralding a new age of global governance in which normative issues and principles take the foreground in governing the global polity. But how new are these trends, and to what extent are we witnessing the resurgence of former modes of governance, such as ‘neo-medieval’ label attached to these changes by many implies?
In the face of these developments, the current project examines the early modern roots of the international system, and how it evolved over time. Understanding the deep processes at play at the structural level of international politics today requires a thorough examination of the historical processes that lead to the crystallization of the system of states. For, the histories of the genesis of the modern European state system needs to be retold.