Rengger, history, and the future of international relations

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Nicholas Rengger had a vision of the practice of international relations transformed by engagement with intellectual historians and political philosophers. What this entailed in full never became clear because of his early death. That there was a mission and a vision is clear from the chapters here collected. The ‘Afterword’ probes some of the responses to Rengger’s work, especially to his Anti-Pelagian Imagination. It goes on to consider the Hungarian historian of political and economic thought István Hont’s work as a related and in some respects parallel critique of the study of international relations to that of Rengger.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe civil condition in world politics
Subtitle of host publicationbeyond tragedy and utopianism
EditorsVassilios Paipais
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781529224207
ISBN (Print)9781529224177, 9781529224184
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022

Publication series

NameBristol studies in international theory


  • Rengger
  • International relations
  • History
  • History of political thought
  • István Hont


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