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The Transformation of Foreign Policy: Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present

Gunther Hellmann, Andreas Fahrmeir, and Milo Vec


The study of foreign policy is usually concerned with the interaction of states, which date back to the so-called “Westphalian system,” also the time at which modern “foreign policy” vocabulary was invented. Given the close semantic ties between the two, examining foreign policy in earlier as well as in later periods involves conceptual and terminological difficulties. Questions concerning the status of “post-national” foreign policy actors like the European Union or global cities echo problems that involve the study of ancient Greek “city-states” or federal and imperial entities. This volume ... More

Keywords: non-state, foreign policy, actors, boundary formation, dividing lines, international relations, system transformation, domestic policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gunther Hellmann, editor
Professor of Political Science, Goethe University of Frankfurt

Andreas Fahrmeir, editor
Professor of Modern History, Goethe University of Frankfurt

Milo Vec, editor
Professor of Legal and Constitutional History, University of Vienna

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1 Introduction

Andreas Fahrmeir, Gunther Hellmann, and Miloš Vec

Part I Theorizing Foreign Policy: Actorhood and Boundaries

2 The Transformation of Foreign Policy

Gunther Hellmann, Andreas Fahrmeir, and Miloš Vec

3 Foreign Policy

Gunther Hellmann

4 Inside/Outside(s)

Miloš Vec

Part II The Governance of Intercommunal Relations in Antiquity

Part III Uncertainty and Transition within the “Westphalian System”: Normative Patterns and Practices between and beyond Sovereign States

9 Back to the Future

Verena Steller

Part IV Alternative Authorities in Intercommunal Relations and International Law

Part V Conclusions

13 The Multiple and Changing Purposes of Foreign Policy

Gunther Hellmann,Andreas Fahrmeir, and Miloš Vec

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