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Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

Research Professor, IBEI

Emeritus Professor, University of Sussex


Martin Shaw is a historical sociologist of global politics, war and genocide. His books include Marxism and Social Science (1974), Dialectics of War (1988), Post-Military Society (1991), Civil Society and Media in Global Crises (1996), Theory of the Global State (2000), War and Genocide (2003), The New Western Way of War (2005), What is Genocide? (2007) and most recently Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World (2013). He is Research Professor at the Institut Barcelona dEstudis Internacionals (IBEI), Professorial Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Roehampton, London, and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex.

Background and education

  • (1993) PhD, University of Hull, Sociology of International Relations and War
  • (1968) BA, London School of Economics and Political Science, Sociology


Research interests

  • Global politics
  • War and genocide
  • Sociology of Global Politics

Selected publications

  • Shaw, Martin.2021.Racial self-interest, Max Weber and the production of racism: the strategy and propaganda of Vote Leave during the Brexit referendum.Patterns of Prejudice,54(4):347-365Link
  • Goldberg, Amos; Kehoe, Thomas J.; Moses, A. Dirk; Segal, Raz; Shaw, Martin; Wolf, Gerhard

    2016.Israel Charny’s attack on the Journal of Genocide Research and its authors: a response.Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal,10 (2):3-22LinkLogo open access
  • Shaw, Martin.2015.What is Genocide?.Cambridge:Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2013.Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transition of the Late Modern World.New York:Cambridge University Press.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2005.The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq.Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2003.War and Genocide: Organised Killing in Modern Society.Oxford:Polity.Link
  • Shaw, Martin.2000.Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution.Cambridge Studies in International Relations,73Link
  • Shaw, Martin.1996.Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence.London:Pinter Publishers.
  • Shaw, Martin.1991.Post-Military Society: Militarism, Demilitarisation and War and the End of the Twentieth Century.Philadelphia:Temple University Press.
  • Shaw, Martin.1988.Dialectics of War: An Essay in the Social Theory of Total War and Peace.Pluto Press.
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