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Farewell to Anarchy: The Myth of International Anarchy and Birth of Anarcophilia in International Relations

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Paul-Erik Korvela

University of Jyväskylä, FI
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This article scrutinizes the conceptual history of international anarchy. The argument purported here is that even though the idea of international anarchy is often seen as very central for the academic discipline of international relations, the concept is in fact not found from the forerunners or classics of the discipline. The assumption of international anarchy is commonly seen as a defining feature of a Realist school of international relations. Yet, the concept and especially its “Realist” implications are not to be found in the classics of Realism, from Thucydides, Machiavelli or Hobbes. The idea of “international anarchy” emerges quite tentatively during the First World War, in the writings of theoreticians like Dickinson and Spiller. But even then it does not carry the neo-Realist overtones of international anarchy as permanent condition of international relations. It is only in the 1980’s that the discipline starts to huddle around this concept.

How to Cite: Korvela, Paul-Erik. 2018. “Farewell to Anarchy: The Myth of International Anarchy and Birth of Anarcophilia in International Relations”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 21 (1): 23–43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7227/R.21.1.3
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Published on 01 May 2018.
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