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The Foreign Encounter in Myth and Religion

The Foreign Encounter in Myth and Religion

Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, Volume II

Kees van der Pijl



(with free eBook)



Second volume of Deutscher prize-winning trilogy on the future of IR, tracing the defining characteristics of 'foreign encounters' over time.

How do we think about international relations? There is no question that society is based upon its cultural foundations, yet this mode of understanding the world is seemingly absent from IR.

The second volume of Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, a three-volume project changing the way we think about international relations, traces the key characteristics of 'foreign encounters' over time. It shows that myth, religion and ethical philosophies have always informed the way that societies have interacted with outsiders, from tribal relations to the imperial frontiers. Acceptance of this points us towards the future state of international relations.

A truly masterful work, The Foreign Encounter In Myth And Religion, is a must for upper-undergraduates and academics at the cutting edge of international relations theory.

Kees van der Pijl is a Fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy and Professor Emeritus at the University of Sussex. His books include The Disciple of Western Supremacy (Pluto, 2014) The Foreign Encounter in Myth and Religion (Pluto, 2010), the Deutscher prize-winning Nomads, Empires, States (Pluto, 2007).

'A brilliant treatise on the 'foreign encounter'. Magisterial in scope, this book reshapes our conception of historical temporalities, civilisational flows and international relations' - Mustapha Kamal Pasha, Sixth Century Chair in International Relations, University of Aberdeen

'Challenges us to understand the world in its full complexity and contradictory actuality' - Peter Bratsis

'An exploration of the mythical, religious, cultural and ideological themes through which the historically and geographically distinct communities' modes of foreign relations have been understood, organised and narrated' - Radhika Desai

1. Tribal Foreign Relations and Mythical Ancestry
2. Sedentary-Nomad Encounters in Semitic Myth and Religion
3. Warrior Heroes in the Indo-European Lineage
4. Imperial Cosmologies and the Nomadic Counterpoint
5. Rival Fundamentalisms on the Imperial Frontier
Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2010
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745323169
eBook ISBN: 9781783715039

264 pages

135mm x 215mm