Study Break: International Relations = Political Historians/Philosophers

Who knew?

Who knew that below the surface of the political you have such deeply rooted philosophical ideals and, again, a strong emphasis on history?

I can see politics evolving from philosophical ideas and I can see how history may play a role in the development of politics, but I never considered how deeply engrained they would be. This week’s lesson lecture opened with this quote, “The study of international relations involves being ‘political historians’ and ‘political philosophers’ (Smith 2006).” I mean, wow.

As curious as I was about the world (you get that living on an island in the middle of vast ocean), but I never considered looking at the world from an international perspective. I never considered where Hawaii might fit on a global scale. Maybe I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Maybe I just didn’t think it was so important. But I never gave it a second thought until I study Viking History. It’s amazing just how much an impact paradigm shifts can have on you.

And this is only week one of international relations. It has only just begun. It’s such a new world to me that I’m struggling a bit to understand some concepts, but at the same time, I’m excited and anxious to learn more. I’m finally getting the chance to understand how the world operates, in terms of politics anyway.

My, my. It’s going to be an interesting semester.

What are your thoughts on international relations? Do you care for it at all?

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