Culture and Order in World Politics

Cambridge University Press

Understanding how cultural diversity relates to international order is an urgent contemporary challenge. Building on ideas first advanced in Reus-Smit's On Cultural Diversity; International Theory in a World of Difference (Cambridge 2018), this groundbreaking book advances a new framework for understanding the nexus between culture and order in world politics.

Through a pioneering interdisciplinary collaboration between leading historians, international lawyers, sociologists and international relations scholars, it argues that cultural diversity in social life is ubiquitous rather than exceptional, and demonstrates that the organization of cultural diversity has been inextricably tied to the constitution and legitimation of political authority in diverse international orders, from Warring States China, through early modern Europe and the Ottoman and Qing Empires, to today's global liberal order. It highlights the successive 'diversity regimes' that have been constructed to govern cultural difference since the nineteenth century, traces the exclusions and resistances these projects have engendered and considers contemporary global vulnerabilities and axes of contestation.

The chapters are grouped into five sections: Introduction; Historical Orders; The Modern ‘Liberal’ Order; Constitution and Contestation; and Conclusion. They are:


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