Document Type : Research Paper


Ph.D., International Relations Department, University of Tehran, Iran


Historical sociology in International Relations (HSIT) is a sufficient vehicle which
one can focus on history. This view can overcome deficiencies of the rationalist
perspective. In other hand, it could be considered as a progressive phase in the
reflectivist perspective to history in the IR. By continuing social turn, indeed, one
can see the historical turn in the IR. In this context, HSIR can provide useful
implications for re-imagining historical turn. In this article, recalling history and
reflecting epistemological and methodological modes, I focus on the four fields,
including patterned relations, internal/external dynamics, agent/ structure effects,
narrative explanation, and therefore re-imagine historical turn in the IR, based on the
historical sociology.


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Volume 44, Issue 4 - Serial Number 4
January 2015
Pages 793-810
  • Receive Date: 10 September 2013
  • Revise Date: 09 June 2015
  • Accept Date: 21 April 2014
  • First Publish Date: 22 December 2014