Books and Volumes
Summary: Scholars have long argued over whether the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which ended more than a century of religious conflict arising from the Protestant Reformations, inaugurated the modern sovereign-state system. But they largely ignore a more fundamental question: why did the emergence of new forms of religious heterodoxy during the Reformations spark such violent upheaval and nearly topple the old political order? In this book, Daniel Nexon demonstrates that the answer lies in understanding how the mobilization of transnational religious movements intersects with–and can destabilize–imperial forms of rule.
Taking a fresh look at the pivotal events of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries–including the Schmalkaldic War, the Dutch Revolt, and the Thirty Years’ War–Nexon argues that early modern “composite” political communities had more in common with empires than with modern states, and introduces a theory of imperial dynamics that explains how religious movements altered Europe’s balance of power. He shows how the Reformations gave rise to crosscutting religious networks that undermined the ability of early modern European rulers to divide and contain local resistance to their authority. In doing so, the Reformations produced a series of crises in the European order and crippled the Habsburg bid for hegemony.
Nexon’s account of these processes provides a theoretical and analytic framework that not only challenges the way international relations scholars think about state formation and international change, but enables us to better understand global politics today
Winner of the 2010 International Security Studies Section Book Award, International Studies Association
Summary: Why not take seriously the claim that Harry Potter’s world intertwines with our own? In this timely yet otherworldly volume, more than a dozen scholars of international relations join hands to demonstrate how this well-loved artifact of popular culture reflects and shapes our own lifeworld. A wide range of historical and sociological sources shows how Harry’s world contains aspects of our own. Practices such as quidditch dovetail quite clearly with ‘muggle’ sports, and the very British-ness of the books has, in translation into languages such as Turkish and Arabic, been transformed to reflect these unique cultures. Chapters on the political economy of the franchise as well as the scholarly problems of studying popular culture frame what is essentially a highly info-taining read.
Interpersonal Networks and International Security: the Case of US-Georgia Relations during the Bush Administration
With Alexander Cooley.
The New Power Politics: Networks and Transnational Security Governance, eds. Deborah Avant and Oliver Westerwinter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016: 74-102. 🔗
American Military Diplomacy in Practice
With Captain Miriam Krieger and Lieutenant Commander Shannon L.C. Souma.
Diplomacy: The Making of World Politics, eds. Ole Jacob Sending, Iver B. Neumann, and Vincent Pouliot, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015: 220-255. 🔗
One Cheer for Classical Realism
With Peter Henne.
Religion and the Realist Tradition, ed. Jodok Troy. London: Routledge, 2013: 164-176. 🔗
States of Empire: Liberal Ordering and Imperial Relations
With Paul Musgrave.
Liberal World Orders, eds. Tim Dunne, Trine Flockhart, and Marjo Koivisto. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013: 211-230. 🔗 | Our Chapter 📄
With Peter Henne.
Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, eds Nicholas Kiersey and Iver Neumann. London: Routledge, 2013: 206-218. 🔗
No Leap of Faith Required
Religion and International Relations Theory, ed. Jack Snyder, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011: 141-167. 🔗
Discussion: American Empire and Civilizational Practice
Civilizational Identity: The Production and Reproduction of ‘Civilizations’ in International Relations eds. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Martin Hall, New York: Palgrave (2007): 109-116. 🔗
Religion, European Identity, and Political Contention in Historical Perspective
Religion in an Expanding Europe, eds Timothy Byrnes and Peter Katzenstein, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2006): 256-282. 🔗
Children’s Crusade: The Religious Politics of Harry Potter
With Maia A. Gemmill.
Harry Potter and International Relations, eds Daniel Nexon and Iver Neumann, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield (2006): 79-100. 🔗
Representation is Futile? American Anti-Collectivism in the Post-Cold War Era
With Patrick Thaddeus Jackson.
To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction and World Politics, ed. Jutta Weldes, New York: Palgrave (2003): 143-168. 🔗
Globalization, the Comparative Method, and Comparing Constructions
With Patrick Thaddeus Jackson.
Constructivism and Comparative Politics, ed. Daniel Green, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe (2002): 88-120. 🔗