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Contesting International Society in East Asia
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Bringing together some of the most innovative scholars in both the English School of international relations and East Asian studies, this volume investigates whether or not significant and distinct international social structures exist at the regional level represented by 'East Asia', and what this can tell us about international society both regionally and globally. The book's main finding is that the regional dispute over how its states and peoples should relate to the Western-dominated global international society makes the existence of East Asian international society essentially contested. While this regional-global social dynamic is present in many regions, it is particularly strong in East Asia. This book will appeal to audiences interested in developing English School theory, the study of East Asian international relations and comparative regionalism.


‘This book is the most authoritative and thorough application of the English School perspective to the international relations of East Asia and greatly enriches the theoretical study of East Asian international relations.’

Amitav Acharya - UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, American University, Washington, DC and President of the International Studies Association

‘International relations is reinventing itself as global international relations. Contesting International Society in East Asia illustrates that the turn to global international relations is part of the present as well as the future. The editors have brought together influential theorists of the East Asian region to grasp how the region hangs together and also what makes it 'hang together differently'. This book will be warmly received by scholars and practitioners looking for more interpretive depth than is offered by the power shift narrative.’

Tim Dunne - Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland

'The editors and authors have produced an exceptionally coherent work and maintained the themes put forth at the start. The book is an illuminating application of the English School to the region and provides another tool to better understand the complexity of a diverse and multifaceted East Asia making an important contribution in both fields.'

Terence Roehrig Source: Perspectives on Politics

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