Books


Ted Hopf has authorized and co-edited eight books, including three solo-authored works.
Conceptualizing International Practices is co-edited with Alena Drieschova and Christian Bueger. It will be published in 2021 by the Cambridge University Press. The book gathers many prime contributors to the practice turn in IR theory and includes a critical overview by Hopf.

Making Identity Count, co-edited with Bentley Allan (Oxford 2016), introduces the Making Identity Count project. It includes the creation of a database of great power national identities from 1810-2020, using interpretivist discourse analysis to recover elite and mass understandings of their countries’ national identities. This book provides results for 2010.

Reconstructing the Cold War: The Early Years, 1945-1958 (Oxford University Press 2012) is the first volume from a series of constructivist accounts of Soviet foreign relations in the Cold War. It covers Stalin’s last years in power and the early years post his death—a period in which Khrushchev consolidates his primacy.

 Social Construction of International Politics: Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999 focuses on the commonsensical notion that a state’s domestic identity has an enormous effect on its international policies. It recreates the major current Soviet identity, reconstructing the identity topographies of two profoundly critical years, 1955 and 1999, and discusses how different discourses expressing their identities in varied ways shaped the worldviews of Russian and Soviet decision-makers. The book argues that the continuous renegotiations and clashes among competing domestic visions of national identity profoundly affected the Russian and Soviet foreign policy.

Editor, with Introduction, Russia’s European Choice (Pelgrave, 2008)

Editor, with Vladimir Gelman, with Introduction,  (The Center and regional identities in Russia) Saint Petersburg, Russia: European University in Saint Petersburg University Press, 2003)

Social Construction of International Politics, Identities, and Foreign Policies, Moscow 1955 and 1999, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002) explored the domestic identity terrains of the Soviet Union in 1955 and Russia in 1999 to make sense of Moscow’s foreign relations.

Editor, with an Introduction, Understandings of Russian Foreign Policy, (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999)

Peripheral Visions: Deterrence Theory and American Foreign Policy in the Third World, 1965-1990, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994). This book empirically refutes deterrence theory’s claims that states must fight wars in the periphery in order to maintain their credibility in the strategic areas around the globe. In short, the US war in Vietnam was an unnecessary war for reputation.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007EMRAI2/

Hopf has written an outstanding, award winning book (it just received the Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award). The first chapter is an amazing piece of work, and worth buying the book for alone. With a clarity rare in academic texts Hopf explains the contributions of constructivism (and his approach, societal constructivism) vis-vis the other theories of international relations. I assign it to my graduate students as an IR theory primer. The rest of the book is no less impressive, examining the Cold War through his societal constructivist lens and making a compelling case for understanding it in social rather than material terms. If you know how overwhelming materialist analysis of the Cold War has been, you know the importance of Hopf’s work. Must read for every IR scholar, but written to be accessible to non-specialists as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801487919/

Hopf’s book is in many ways the defining text for those interested in unpacking the means by which domestic social constructions shape state behavior. Rightfully pointing out that systemic approaches to constructivism (e.e. Wendt) suffer from many of the weaknesses that plague structural variants of realism and liberalism, Hopf opens the box of the state. Using a methodologically rigourous approach to inductively derive the operative identities in 1955 and 1999 Moscow, Hopf definitively demonstrates why constructivism can ill-afford to follow in the footsteps of the other ‘mainstream’ IR theories. A very accessible text, this should be required reading for all serious students of international relations.

https://www.amazon.com/Making-Identity-Count-Building-National-ebook/dp/B01ELO2XBY/

Es un estudio realizado con una lógica desscriptiva y culturlista Demasiado narrativa y poco basada en resultados de investigaciones sistemáticas. Pareciera más periodística y cultural que dentro de un análissis de ciencia social.