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Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (Longman Classics Series)

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780321089878

ISBN10:
0321089871
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2003
Publisher(s):
Longman

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Summary

Part of the Longman Classics in Political Science Series, this highly readable and respected book balances history and theory to give international politics students a framework for analyzing the past and using it to understand the issues confronting us today. Part of the Longman Classics series, Nye's Understanding International Conflicts has been completely updated and features a new Foreword by Stanley Hoffman. A book that students enjoy reading, Nye's volume deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded is a book that students enjoy reading, Nye's volume deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded, informed framework for analyzing current issues and dilemmas. Updated with the most recent scholarship and replete with illustrative examples, the Fourth Edition explores the international issues confronting us at the beginning of the 21st Century. Understanding International Conflicts aims to provide students with the conceptual tools that will help them shape their own answers to the unfolding developments in our world long after exams are done.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Is There an Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics?
1(31)
Two Theoretical Traditions: Realism and Liberalism
1(2)
What Is International Politics?
3(9)
Two Views of Anarchic Politics
4(4)
Building Blocks
8(4)
The Peloponnesian War
12(8)
A Short Version of a Long Story
12(3)
Causes and Theories
15(3)
Inevitability and the Shadow of the Future
18(2)
Ethical Questions and International Politics
20(12)
Limits on Ethics in International Relations
22(1)
Three Views of the Role of Morality
23(5)
Chronology: Peloponnesian Wars
28(1)
Study Questions
29(1)
Notes
29(1)
Selected Readings
30(1)
Further Readings
30(2)
Origins of the Great Twentieth-Century Conflicts
32(25)
International Systems and Levels of Causation
32(18)
Levels of Analysis
34(2)
Systems: Structure and Process
36(1)
Revolutionary and Moderate Goals and Instruments
37(2)
The Structure and Process of the Nineteenth-Century System
39(2)
A Modern Sequel
41(1)
Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy
42(1)
Liberalism Revived
43(3)
Liberal Democracy and War
46(1)
Definition of National Interests
47(1)
Variations in Foreign Policies
48(2)
Counterfactuals
50(7)
Plausibility
51(1)
Proximity in Time
51(1)
Relation to Theory
52(1)
Facts
52(1)
Chronologies: Europe
53(1)
Study Questions
54(1)
Notes
55(1)
Selected Readings
55(1)
Further Readings
55(2)
Balance of Power and World War I
57(27)
Balance of Power
57(1)
Power
58(9)
Balances as Distributions of Power
61(1)
Balance of Power as Policy
62(2)
Balance of Power as Multipolar Systems
64(2)
Alliances
66(1)
The Origins of World War I
67(17)
Three Levels of Analysis
68(6)
Was War Inevitable?
74(2)
What Kind of War?
76(2)
The Funnel of Choices
78(2)
Lessons of History Again
80(1)
Chronology: The Road to World War I
81(1)
Study Questions
82(1)
Notes
82(1)
Selected Readings
82(1)
Further Readings
82(2)
The Failure of Collective Security and World War II
84(28)
The Rise and Fall of Collective Security
84(9)
The League of Nations
85(2)
The United States and the League of Nations
87(1)
The Early Days of the League
88(2)
The Manchurian Failure
90(1)
The Ethiopian Debacle
91(2)
The Origins of World War II
93(19)
Hitler's War?
94(1)
Hitler's Strategy
95(1)
The Role of the Individual
96(2)
Systemic and Domestic Causes
98(3)
Was War Inevitable?
101(1)
The Pacific War
102(5)
Appeasement and Two Types of War
107(1)
Chronology: Between the World Wars
108(1)
Study Questions
109(1)
Notes
109(1)
Selected Readings
110(1)
Further Readings
110(2)
The Cold War
112(38)
Deterrence and Containment
113(1)
Three Approaches to the Cold War
114(2)
Roosevelt's Policies
116(1)
Stalin's Policies
117(1)
Phases of the Conflict
118(5)
Inevitability?
123(2)
Levels of Analysis
125(2)
U.S. and Soviet Goals in the Cold War
127(1)
Containment
128(1)
The Rest of the Cold War
129(1)
The End of the Cold War
130(5)
The Role of Nuclear Weapons
135(15)
Physics and Politics
135(3)
Balance of Terror
138(1)
Problems of Nuclear Deterrence
139(2)
The Cuban Missile Crisis
141(2)
Moral Issues
143(3)
Chronology: The Deep Cold War Years
146(1)
Study Questions
147(1)
Notes
148(1)
Selected Readings
148(1)
Further Readings
148(2)
Intervention, Institutions, and Regional and Ethnic Conflicts
150(35)
Ethnic Conflicts
151(2)
Intervention and Sovereignty
153(8)
Defining Intervention
154(1)
Sovereignty
155(1)
Judging Intervention
156(1)
Exceptions to the Rule
157(1)
Problems of Self-Determination
158(2)
Motives, Means, and Consequences
160(1)
International Law and Organization
161(9)
Domestic Analogies
162(2)
Predictability and Legitimacy
164(1)
The Suez Canal Crisis
164(2)
U.N. Peacekeeping and Collective Security
166(4)
Conflicts in the Middle East
170(15)
The Questions of Nationalism
171(2)
The Arab-Israeli Conflicts
173(4)
The 1991 Gulf War and Its Aftermath
177(3)
Chronology: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
180(2)
Study Questions
182(1)
Notes
182(1)
Selected Readings
182(1)
Further Readings
183(2)
Globalization and Interdependence
185(29)
The Dimensions of Globalization
186(10)
What's New about 21st Century Globalization?
189(3)
Cultural Homogenization?
192(1)
Political Reactions to Globalization
193(2)
Economic Interdependence and Conflict
195(1)
The Concept of Interdependence
196(10)
Sources of Interdependence
196(1)
Benefits of Interdependence
197(2)
Costs of Interdependence
199(2)
Symmetry of Interdependence
201(2)
Leadership in the World Economy
203(2)
Realism and Complex Interdependence
205(1)
The Politics of Oil
206(8)
Oil as a Power Resource
210(1)
Study Questions
211(1)
Notes
211(1)
Selected Readings
212(1)
Further Readings
212(2)
The Information Revolution, Transnational Actors, and the Diffusion of Power
214(24)
Power and the Information Revolution
214(7)
Lessons from the Past
215(2)
A New World Politics?
217(1)
Sovereignty and Control
218(3)
Transnational Actors
221(6)
Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
224(2)
Transnational Terrorism
226(1)
Information and Power among States
227(11)
Three Dimensions of Information
230(1)
The Information Revolution and Complex Interdependence
230(2)
The Information Revolution and Democratization
232(2)
Study Questions
234(1)
Notes
235(1)
Selected Readings
235(1)
Further Readings
236(2)
A New World Order?
238(21)
Alternative Designs for the Future
238(12)
The End of History or the Clash of Civilizations?
243(1)
Technology and the Diffusion of Power
243(4)
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
247(2)
Transnational Threats and the Concept of Security
249(1)
A New World Order?
250(5)
Future Configurations of Power
251(1)
The Prison of Old Concepts
252(2)
The Evolution of a Hybrid World Order
254(1)
Thinking About the Future
255(4)
Study Questions
256(1)
Notes
256(1)
Selected Readings
257(1)
Further Readings
257(2)
Credits 259
Index 26l


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