Ideology and International Relations in the Modern World


Cassels traces the part played by ideology in international relations over the past two centuries. Starting with the French Revolution's injection of ideology into inter-state politics, he finishes by addressing present day preoccupations with the legacy of nationalist discontent left by the collapse of communism and the resurgence of religious fundamentalism in world politics. Cassels includes discussion of Marxism-Leninism, Fascism and Nazism but eschewing exclusive focus on totalitarianism, he also shows how diverse less rigid belief systems of conservatism, liberalism and nationalism influence international affairs.The focus and emphasis given to ideology in an historical survey of such broad scope make this book unusual, and even controversial. Social scientific and philosophical discussions of ideology make only glancing reference to foreign policy. Historians have generally touched on ideology only within the context of the case study, while the realist theorists of international relations play down its influence.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1996


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