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Nature’s empire: the Darwinian idiom in late Victorian international thought

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This thesis explores the impact of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection on the international thought of late Victorian Britain. As the Darwinian revolution transformed Europe, so too did it prove generative of a new evolutionary idiom to theorise international relations. Yet the holistic nature of this Darwinian naturalism—implying as it did a basic unity of humanity under the laws of nature—did not sit easily with the prevailing bifurcating Victorian civi...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
Sub department:
Politics & Int Relations
Oxford college:
Keble College
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https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8259-1160

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Programme:
Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership
Type of award:
MPhil
Level of award:
Masters
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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