Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics: Insights from Comparing Ancient China and Early Modern Europe

  title={Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics: Insights from Comparing Ancient China and Early Modern Europe},
  author={Victoria Tin-bor Hui},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={175 - 205}
  • V. Hui
  • Published 1 February 2004
  • Sociology
  • International Organization
This article examines why international relations theories presume checks and balances but universal domination triumphed in ancient China. I argue that one should not presume the European experience as the norm and treat ancient China as a deviant case. I propose a dynamic theory of international politics that views international competition as processes of strategic interaction and that allows for alternative trajectories and endogenous transformation. Realist theories of international… 
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