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Title: The influence of Marxism in the disciplinary 'idealist' origins of IR : a revisionist study through the prism of imperialism
Author: Villanueva Lira, Jose Ricardo
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 984X
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2015
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Marxism is largely absent from the historiography of the discipline of International Relations (IR). This is striking because the formative years of the discipline coincide with a vibrant period in Marxist political thought. This was, after all, the era of, among others, Lenin, Kautsky, Bukharin and Luxemburg. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate to what extent and in what ways Marxist writings and precepts informed the so-called idealist stage of the discipline. Building on the work of revisionist scholars, the thesis reconstructs the writings of five benchmark IR thinkers. The cases of John Hobson, Henry Brailsford, Leonard Woolf, Harold Laski and Norman Angell, are analysed in order to explore the influence that Marxism might have played in their thinking, and in the “idealist years” of the discipline more generally. The thesis demonstrates that although Marxist thought has been neglected by mainstream IR disciplinary historians, it played a significant role in the discipline’s early development. As such, this thesis both challenges the exclusion of Marxist thought from the mainstream disciplinary histories of IR and contributes to a deeper understanding of the role it played in early 20th century IR theory.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism ; JA Political science (General) ; JZ International relations