Episode 1 – Rock the (IR) Boat! Joanne Yao’s The Ideal River hot take on International Politics’ Relationship with Nature
GPU is proud to inaugurate the first episode of its podcast with Dr Joanne Yao’s book launch, lecturer in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. In her book, The Ideal River – How control of nature shaped the international order, Joanne explores how the quest to tame nature during the 18th and 19th Century came to shape the global geographical imaginary, as well as IR concepts central to the emergence of the early international order. Joanne had the pleasure to discuss her work with academic friends on a boat in Hackney, and GPU compiled the best moments of this encounter in this episode.
The book is available to order on Manchester University Press’ website here: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526154385/
Book launch’s discussion in full: https://soundcloud.com/user-38194790/the-ideal-river-joanne-yao-book-launch
Jean-Francoise Drolet’s new book, Beyond Tragedy and Eternal Peace Politics and International Relations in the Thought of Friedrich Nietzsche has been published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
As a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and scholar of Latin and Greek, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. Beyond Tragedy and Eternal Peace provides an overview of his legacy, highlighting the synergy between his critique of metaphysics and his reflections on the politics and international relations of the late nineteenth century.
Jean-François Drolet exposes and analyzes Nietzsche’s account of the political processes, institutions, and dominant ideologies shaping public life in Germany and Europe during the 1870s and 1880s. Nietzsche anticipated a new kind of politics, borne out of such events as the Franco-Prussian War, the unification of Germany under Bismarck, the advent of mass democracy, and the rise and transformation of European nationalism. Focusing on conflict and political violence, Drolet expertly reconstructs Nietzsche’s fierce and continued critique of the nationalist, liberal, and socialist ideologies of his age, which the philosopher believed failed to grapple with the death of God and the crisis of European nihilism it engendered.
As this reconstructive interpretation reveals, Nietzsche’s philosophy offers a powerful and still greatly underappreciated reckoning with the changing political practices, norms, and agencies that led to the momentous collapse of the European society of states during the early twentieth century.
The book can be found here: https://www.mqup.ca/beyond-tragedy-and-eternal-peace-products-9780228005605.php?page_id=120548&