State Making and the Origins of the International System
This course explores the evolution of states as units of political organization from a long-term and interdisciplinary perspective. In particular, the course combines perspectives from comparative politics and international relations to analyze three general questions:
1) What caused the emergence and diffusion of states as a form of political organization?
2) What explains the various functions that states have served over time?
3) How do states relate with one another and what are their effects on the structure of international systems?
As we address these questions, we will touch on issues related to security and conflict, political economy, and international organizations.