Against Eurocentric Anti-Eurocentrism: International Relations, Historical Sociology and Political Marxism

Eren Duzgun

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The critique of Eurocentrism has become one of the main benchmarks for critical scholarship in International Relations (IR). Unsurprisingly, the effort to overcome Eurocentric conceptions of world history has been at the forefront of the bourgeoning subfield of International Historical Sociology (IHS). In many anti-Eurocentric theorisations of IHS, Political Marxist approaches to world history have been posited as counter-models imbued with methodological ‘internalism’ and Eurocentrism. In this article, I critically re-evaluate the extent to which IHS has remedied the problem of Eurocentrism. Furthermore, I argue that the conventional critique of Political Marxism (PM) is largely off the mark and, indeed, IHS in general and the theory of Uneven and Combined Development in particular need PM to deepen the international sociological imagination and deliver a non-hierarchical reading of world history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-307
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of International Relations and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Eurocentrism
  • International Relations
  • International Historical Sociology
  • Political Marxism
  • Uneven and combined development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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