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During this e-book, Mathias Albert develops an bold theoretical framework that describes international politics as a particular social procedure set in the wider political method of global society. Albert's research of the ancient evolution and modern type of international politics takes the speculation of social differentiation as its start line. international politics is a selected, really contemporary kind of politics and Albert exhibits how the improvement of a unique method of global politics first all started in the course of the lengthy 19th century. The e-book is going directly to establish the various types of social differentiation that underlie the diversity of up to date sorts of organizing political authority in international politics. using sociological and historic views, A idea of worldwide Politics additionally displays seriously on its relation to debts of worldwide politics within the box of diplomacy and should attract a large readership in various fields.

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A Theory of World Politics

During this e-book, Mathias Albert develops an bold theoretical framework that describes global politics as a selected social procedure set in the wider political procedure of global society. Albert's research of the historic evolution and modern type of international politics takes the idea of social differentiation as its place to begin.

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15 For Habermas, society always necessarily includes the lifeworld: ‘Luhmann hypostatises a lifeworld pushed behind media-driven subsystems into “society”, where subsystems are no longer directly attached to action situations, but only form the background for organised systems of action’ (Habermas 1988: 232). 16 For Habermas, systems and lifeworld are part of society, yet remain different things that are also integrated differently through mechanisms of system integration and social integration.

For an explicit analysis of some exhibitions as ‘imperial expositions’, see Geppert (2010). Quite interestingly in this context, some observers of two recent world exhibitions (2000 in Hanover and 2010 in Shanghai) assert that national pavilions lost out in both to theme-oriented exhibits and that the former should be seen as relics of the past that may very well disappear in forthcoming exhibitions; see Knapp (2010). 5 Efforts to re-create the world as one space and one time abounded in the 1870s and 1880s, as witness the foundation of the World Postal Union in 1874, the coordination of an ever denser network of rail and steamship travel and the global synchronisation of clocks through clearly defined time zones (although the idea of a single global standard time was not adopted at the Prime Meridian Conference in 1884).

On the other hand, the consolidation of territorial nation-state sovereignty at the expense of other forms of organising political space, particularly in the shape of a formal empire, requires the active curtailment of the idea that integrating social bonds can exist beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. Of course, this highly idealised characterisation of the co-evolution of the nation-state and the idea of a nation-state society does not do justice to the many intricate and varied developments that underpinned this process between the late eighteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

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