Fundamental Principles of International Relations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book distills the essential elements of world politics, both the enduring characteristics as well as the revolutionary changes that may be altering the very fabric of the centuries-old state system. Author J. Martin Rochester explores all the important topics that one would expect to find in an IR text (war, diplomacy, foreign policy, international law and organization, the international economy, and more) but injects fresh perspectives on how globalization and other contemporary trends are affecting these issues. In addition, the author does so through a highly engaging, lively writing style that will appeal to todayrs"s students.Fundamental Principles of International Relationsis a tightly woven treatment of international politics past and present, drawing on the latest academic scholarship while avoiding excessive jargon and utilizing pedagogical aids while avoiding clutter. Rochester ultimately challenges the reader to think critically about the future of a postCold War and post9/11 world that is arguably more complex, if not more dangerous, than some previous eras, with the potential for promise as well as peril. Contents PART ONE Introduction: Conceptual and Historical Background 1. Understanding International Relations, Or Getting A Handle on the World 2. The Historical Development of the International System: From the Birth of the Nation-State to Globalization PART TWO Foreign Policy and International Politics: The Dynamics of Conflict and Cooperation 3. States and Foreign Policy 4. Diplomacy, Bargaining, and Statecraft 5. War and the Use of Armed Force 6. International Organization and Law PART THREE Global Problem-Solving: Issue-Areas 7. Improving International Security 8. Enhancing Human Rights and Human Development 9. Managing the World Economy and Promoting Prosperity PART FOUR Conclusion: Thinking About the New Millennium 10. The Future of International Relations: Sovereignty, Global Governance, and the Human Prospect in the 21st Century

Author Biography

Dr. J. Martin Rochester is Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the author of several books and articles on international politics, organization, and law.

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