The Classical Concept of War and International Political Economy


  • Yared Akarapattananukul


War, Violence, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, International Political Economy


This article aims at exploring the concept of war and violence in Greek and Roman traditions. It looks at the historical practices as well as the philosophical contributions of ancient Greece and Rome on the grounds that they comprise remarkable intellectual and political traditions. The study can be divided into 4 aspects: (1) an introduction to international political economy; (2) the study of ancient Greek political thoughts and historical practices; (3) the study of ancient Roman political thoughts and historical practices and (4) the reflection on the ancient concept of war and violence in the lens of international political economy. The article deals with interpretative and historical analyses on documenting sources in its methodology. This research provides a basic understanding of the relationship between the concept of war and violence and that of politics in the fields of political science and the Realist and Marxist approaches of international political economy. It eventually shows that international political economy sheds light on the ideas of ancient Greek and Roman warfare, especially on the (re) arrange of the ancient concept of war and violence in a political sphere, the justification of war and violence, and the justice in using military power outside each own land.


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