Evolution of European Political Order
The course aims at providing students with an understanding of the evolution of European political order from antiquity up to the dissolution of the ancien régime. Still, this is not a ‘history’ course. Rather, the objective is to familiarise students with the ways of theorising international political order which, instead of focusing on some ahistorical, unchanging patterns, pay attention to the historically-acquired, contextually specific differences. This emphasis on differences and change, rather than continuity, also applies to the choice of approaches to the subject. Thus various conceptions of historiography - from materialist to the history of ideas - are presented. In the second term this course will be followed up with another one - Evolution of Global Political Order - tracing the transformation of European political order into a global arrangement since the First World War. Students thinking of taking that course are not required, and yet strongly encouraged, to take the current one.