Friendship among nations

History of a concept

by Evgeny Roshchin

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This is the first book-length study of the role that friendship plays in diplomacy and international politics. Through an examination of a vast amount of sources ranging from diplomatic letters and bilateral treaties, to poems and philosophical treatises, it analyses how friendship has been talked about and practiced in pre-modern political orders and modern systems of international relations. The study highlights how instrumental friendship was for describing and legitimising a range of political and legal engagements with foreign countries and nations. It emphasises contractual and political aspects in diplomatic friendship based on the idea of utility.
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This is the first book-length study of the role friendship plays in diplomacy and international politics. This book analyses how friendship has been talked and practiced in pre-modern political orders and modern system of international relations. The book highlights how instrumental friendship was for describing and legitimizing a range of political and legal engagements with foreign countries and nations. It emphasizes contractual and political aspects in diplomatic friendship based on the idea of utility. It is these functions of the concept that help the world stick together when collective institutions are either embryonic or no more. The book draws on a contextualist and rhetorical approach developed by Quentin Skinner. It offers a combination of history of concepts and genealogy that traces both incremental changes in the diplomatic linguistic conventions and focuses on the period of a more dramatic conceptual change occurring in the 17-18 centuries. Re-describing the metaphor of the state of nature in terms of friendship allowed to make a case for the modern idea of international society. But such a re-description left further scholarship without means to account for the use of friendship in the process of colonization creeping over North America and India and accompanying political regimes. The book will be of interest to students in areas such as International Relations, International political theory, English School, Political theory, International history, History of concepts, History of empire and imperialism.

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This is the first book-length study of the role friendship plays in diplomacy and international politics. This book analyses how friendship has been talked and practiced in pre-modern political orders and modern system of international relations. The book highlights how instrumental friendship was for describing and legitimizing a range of political and legal engagements with foreign countries and nations. It emphasizes contractual and political aspects in diplomatic friendship based on the idea of utility. It is these functions of the concept that help the world stick together when collective institutions are either embryonic or no more. The book draws on a contextualist and rhetorical approach developed by Quentin Skinner. It offers a combination of history of concepts and genealogy that traces both incremental changes in the diplomatic linguistic conventions and focuses on the period of a more dramatic conceptual change occurring in the 17-18 centuries. Re-describing the metaphor of the state of nature in terms of friendship allowed to make a case for the modern idea of international society. But such a re-description left further scholarship without means to account for the use of friendship in the process of colonization creeping over North America and India and accompanying political regimes. The book will be of interest to students in areas such as International Relations, International political theory, English School, Political theory, International history, History of concepts, History of empire and imperialism.

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: November 2017
  • 9781526116444 / 1526116448
  • United Kingdom
  • Primary Price: 115 USD
  • Manchester University Press
  • Readership: General/trade; College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
  • Publish State: Published
  • Dimensions: 234 X 156 mm
  • Reference Code: 7884