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International Order: A Political History

Stephen A. Kocs
International Order: A Political History
ISBN: 978-1-62637-810-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-811-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-858-2
2019/261 pages/LC: 2019004994
"In this illuminating history, Kocs traces how international order has risen and fallen over the centuries."—G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

"Clear and insightful." —Choice


Where does international order come from? How is it established and maintained? Why does it break down? With every sovereign state its own master, how can order prevail?

Answering these questions in a briskly paced, systematic survey, Stephen Kocs explores the rise and fall of successive international systems across the centuries—from the dynastic institutions of Renaissance Europe, to the power-politics systems of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Europe, to the liberal international systems of the contemporary world.


Stephen A. Kocs is associate professor of political science at the College of the Holy Cross.


  • Introduction.
  • The Historical Evolution of International Order.
  • The Dynastic System, 1300-1700.
  • The Balance-of-Power System, 1700-1815.
  • The Concert of Europe, 1815-1854.
  • The Revived Concert, 1871-1914.
  • The First Liberal System, 1919-1939.
  • Liberal Order and Cold War, 1945-1989.
  • International Order in the Post–Cold War World.
  • What Future for Liberal Order?