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History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective
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Contents

The Author

vii

Acknowledgments

viii

This book

ix

1. Introduction

Comparative international systems

2

Institutions, rules, and norms

3

Stateless societies

5

Walls and bridges

6

Further reading

10

Think about

11

2. China and East Asia

The Warring States period

14

The development of the Chinese state

19

The overland system

30

The tribute system

33

A Japanese international system?

36

Further reading

40

Timeline

41

Short dictionary

42

Think about

43

3. India and Indianization

Vedic India

46

Classical India

52

Indianization

58

The Mughal Empire

64

India as an international system

67

Timeline

69

Short dictionary

70

Think about

70

4. The Muslim Caliphates

The Arab expansion

74

The Umayyads and the Abbasids

78

The Arabs in Spain

81

An international system of caliphates

86

The Ottoman Empire

91

Further reading

96

Timeline

97

Short dictionary

98

Think about

99

5. The Mongol Khanates

From Temüjin to Genghis Khan

102

A nomadic state

103

How to conquer the world

106

Dividing it all up

112

An international system of khanates

116

Further reading

122

Timeline

123

Short dictionary

124

Think about

125

6. Africa

The Nile River Valley

129

North Africa

131

The kingdoms of West Africa

133

East Africa and the Indian Ocean

139

An African international system?

144

Further reading

146

Timeline

147

Short dictionary

148

Think about

149

7. The Americas

The Maya

152

The Aztecs

160

The Incas

163

North America

170

Further reading

174

Timeline

175

Short dictionary

176

Think about

177

8. European Expansion

A sea route to India

180

Europeans in the “New World”

182

A commercial world economy

186

An industrial world economy

189

The apotheosis of colonialism

194

Decolonization

197

Further reading

200

Timeline

201

Short dictionary

202

Think about

203

Afterthoughts: Walls and Bridges

205