This volume is the first to provide a sustained reflection on the idea of uneven and combined development as the intellectual basis for a non-Eurocentric social theory of ‘the international’. It does so through a series of empirically rich and theoretically informed analyses of socio-historical change, political transformation, and intersocietal conflict over the longue durée. The volume thereby aims to demonstrate the unique potentials of uneven and combined development in overcoming IR and historical sociology’s shared inability to theorize the interactive and multilinear character of development.
Kamran Matin is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University, a management committee member of Centre for Advanced International Theory, and a co-founder and co-director of Sussex Uneven and Combined Development Working Group. His publications on historical sociology and premodern state-formation, postcolonial theory, political Islam, and modern Iranian history have appeared in European Journal of International Relations, Journal of international Relations and Development, and Middle East Critique. He is the author of Recasting Iranian Modernity: International Relations and Social Change (2013).