This special issue is animated by the necessary entanglement of theory and history, the cortical relationship between theory and practice, and the transboundary (i.e. international) relations that help to constitute systems of thought and practice. We make three core arguments: first, all theory is situated knowledge, derived in and through history; second, theory-practice is a single field in which theory arises out of and acts upon historical experience; and third, both social and political theory have international origins -- theory is forged through ongoing encounters between 'here' and 'there', 'home' and 'abroad', and the 'domestic' and the 'foreign'.
This special edition of the annual series documents a workshop held at the London School of Economics and Political Science during 2016, and the 10 essays offer insights into the under-examined relations between international history and social theory. Among the topics are the imperial origins of social and political thought, the international origins of Hannah Arendt's historical method, empire and violence: continuity in the age of revolution, superfluous injury and unnecessary suffering: national liberation and the laws of war, and the sovereign society: historical rupture and the emergence of the domestic in 17th-century Europe and East Asia. -- Annotation (c)2017 * (protoview.com) *