International Relations Perspectives and Controversies

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  • Copyright: 2004-07-19
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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This innovative presentation of international relations provides introductory students with a foundation of knowledge to help them understand the broader historical context and the multiple perspectives that apply to this field. The first chapter surveys the development of international relations, focusing on the emergence and evolution of the modern state. The second chapter introduces major perspectives, both classic and new, that influence thinking about the issues. Each of the following 11 topical chapters explores an enduring and important argument in the field. A four-part structure in each chapter assists students in systematic, critical thinking regarding international affairs. Every chapter begins with a historical overview of the issue at hand, including its origins, evolution, and current status. The author leads students in a lively debate--plotting, discussing, and evaluating the different points of view--then offers a scholarly and political assessment of the situation. This distillation of the discussion reflects meaningful distinctions among political positions and helps students to cultivate an appreciation for the nature and structure of the argument. Each of the topical chapters (3-13) includes a feature,Points of View,which uses primary source documents to demonstrate the ideas, debates, and arguments about international relations. These documents--from sources such as official foreign policy statements, government papers, and editorials--extend the chapter discussion both in and outside the classroom. Additional pedagogical features include marginal key terms and definitions, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter includes a Chapter Summary, Key Terms, and Further Readings
History and Perspectives
Change and Continuity in International History Change and Continuity
The Emergence of the Modern State System
The Age of Absolutism and Limited War (16481789)
The Age of Revolutions (17891914)
The Age of Total War (19141945)
The Cold War (19451989)
The Post-Cold War World
Contending Perspectives on International Politics
Many Questions, Even More Answers Realism Liberalism, Idealism, and Liberal Internationalism Marxism Feminism
Constructivism Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
War and "Human Nature"
Aggression, Instincts, and War Culture, Social Learning, and War Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions War and Human Nature on the Web
War and Democracy
The Sources of Democratic Peacefulness
Are Democracies Really Any Different?
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
War and Democracy on the Web
Power Politics
There Is No Alternative to Power Politics
Alternatives to Power Politics
Conclusion Points of View
Critical Questions Power Politics on the Web
Free Trade
The Liberal International Economic Order
The Case for Free Trade
What's Wrong with Free Trade
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
Free Trade on the Web
The IMF, Global Inequality, and Development From Decolonization to Structural Adjustment
The IMF and Neoliberalism Neoliberalism as Neoimperialism
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
The IMF, Global Inequality, and Development on the Web
Globalization and Sovereignty
What is at stake
The Vision of a Borderless
World The Myth(s) of Globalization
Conclusion Points of View
Critical Questions Globalization on the Web
International Law
What Is International Law and Where Does It Come From?
The Weakness of International Law
The Enduring Value of International Law
Conclusion Points of View
Critical Questions
International Law on the Web
The United Nations and Humanitarian
Intervention Sovereignty, Human Rights, and the United Nations
The United Nations
Should Intervene to Protect Human Rights
The Case Against Humanitarian
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
Humanitarian Intervention on the Web
Nuclear Proliferation
The Reality of Proliferation and Nonproliferation
The Case for Limited Proliferation
The Case for Widespread Proliferation
The Case Against Nuclear Proliferation
Points of View Critical Questions
Nuclear Proliferation on the Web
International Terrorism Terrorism:
The Definitional Angst
The Cosmopolitan Response
The Statist Response
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
Terrorism on the Web
The Global Commons
Too Many People,
Too Few Resources
A World of Plenty
Conclusion Points of View Critical Questions
The Global Commons on the Web
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