A Theory of World Politics by Mathias Albert

By Mathias Albert

During this e-book, Mathias Albert develops an formidable theoretical framework that describes global politics as a selected social procedure set in the wider political method of global society. Albert's research of the historic evolution and modern type of global politics takes the idea of social differentiation as its start line. global politics is a particular, rather contemporary kind of politics and Albert exhibits how the improvement of a special approach of worldwide politics first started through the lengthy 19th century. The e-book is going directly to determine the various different types of social differentiation that underlie the diversity of latest varieties of organizing political authority in international politics. using sociological and old views, A thought of worldwide Politics additionally displays severely on its relation to debts of worldwide politics within the box of diplomacy and may entice a large readership in a variety of fields.

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G. g. the proposal to first create a German bibliography and later a world bibliography out of a systematisation of the bibliography of Prussian libraries; cf. Erman 1919). Generally, an emerging awareness of global connectedness enabled some events to become global events (‘Weltereignisse’; cf. Nacke et al. 2008), which, in turn, fostered that awareness. These events constituted ‘global moments’ in which ‘visions of world order frequently referred to events with a popular significance that appealed to people in discrete and distant locations’ (Conrad and Sachsenmaier 2007: 12).

However, I would maintain that the difference between my usage here and Simmel’s is primarily scalar, meaning, for example, that in the end I see society as constituting a social form like friendship, conflict or marriage, yet on a vastly different scale. ‘Society formation [Vergesellschaftung] is thus the form which realises itself in the innumerable different ways in which individuals, on the basis of their interests – sensual or ideal, momentary or permanent, conscious or unconscious, causally pushing or teleologically pulling – grow together into a unity’ (Simmel 1908: 6).

It is, however, precisely this situation which constantly forces us to confront the question as to why such a large and complex thing, which 7 However, see Chapter 3 below for a more nuanced treatment of this subject, with references to earlier equivalent notions; for a recent overview of world-stateequivalent ideas, see Mazower (2012). 24 World society theory obviously supports so many composite terms, should be thought of as ‘one’ or as ‘a whole’. The problem was articulated in particular by Nietzsche, who emphasised the extreme discrepancy between the universality implied in the word ‘world’, on the one hand, and the proliferation of its individual meanings in composite terms, on the other (see Braun 1992: 499f).

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