Anachronistic Research in International Relations and Security Studiesde Wilde, J. H., 2017, Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century. Jacob, E. D. (ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, p. 29-40 12 p.
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Anachronisms are widely used in the social sciences and humanities, yet hardly studied. The construction of historical narratives is problematic due to the projection of contemporary thinking. Even more problematic is the use of historical analogies for future planning. Projection of nineteenth century state-centric geopolitical thinking is especially problematic, reifying an exceptional period in European history that culminated in two world wars. Still, anachronistic thinking is unavoidable, both in trying to understand the past and in trying to plan for the future. Therefore, the awareness of anachronisms needs to be raised, and the arsenal of “lessons from history” needs to be expanded to enrich the options for developing new security policies.
|Title of host publication||Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century|
|Editors||Edwin Daniel Jacob|
|Place of Publication||New York, NY|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- anachronism; history and international relations; geopolitics; state-centrism; security discourses; European integration discourse