International Studies : An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2012-07-31
  • Publisher: Westview Pr

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This core text is the first to provide a much-needed interdisciplinary approach to international studies. The authors include a geographer, a historian, a political scientist, and an anthropologist. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of these disciplines, the authors detail the methodologies and subject matter of each to provide a fuller understanding of the world. Applying these discipline lenses to regional chapters, the authors examine issues facing these regions and the global community. Case studies give readers a closer look at issues such as civil war and national identity. This disciplinary and regional combination provides an indispensable, cohesive framework for understanding global issues The second edition includes: Extensive updates throughout to reflect important events over the past four years, including the global financial crisis Two chapters on Asia, instead of one, with new coverage of South Asia Two new global issues chapters, one on the Sudan and one on global population An entirely new conclusion emphasizing the integration of the disciplines and their application

Author Biography

Sheldon Anderson is professor of history and international studies at Miami University. Jeanne A. K. Hey is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England in Maine. Mark Allen Peterson is professor of anthropology and international studies at Miami University. Stanley W. Toops is associate professor of geography and international studies at Miami University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Disciplines of International Studies
The Past in the Present: Historical Interpretation in International Conflictp. 13
What Is History?p. 15
Historians and Their Toolsp. 18
Politics, Power, and Historyp. 20
History and International Conflictsp. 22
What Is Good History?p. 28
Theories of Historyp. 28
Are There Lessons of History?p. 31
Referencesp. 32
Further Readingp. 33
Journalsp. 33
Filmsp. 33
Web Sitesp. 34
Peoples, Places, and Patterns: Geography in International Studiesp. 35
What Is Geography?p. 35
Development of Geographyp. 36
Components of Geographyp. 38
Maps: Tools for International Studiesp. 48
Conclusionp. 53
Referencesp. 54
Further Readingp. 55
Journalsp. 56
Filmsp. 56
Web Sitesp. 56
Anthropology and Intercultural Relationsp. 57
Cultural Misunderstandings in an International Milieup. 58
What Is Culture?p. 61
Levels of Culturep. 67
Intercultural Relationsp. 71
Studying Culture: The Anthropological Perspectivep. 74
Anthropology and International Studiesp. 79
Notesp. 81
Referencesp. 82
Further Readingp. 82
Journalsp. 83
Filmsp. 83
Web Sitesp. 83
Economics and International Developmentp. 85
Liberal Economicsp. 86
Economic Nationalismp. 89
Marxismp. 92
Microeconomics and Macroeconomicsp. 95
Development Economicsp. 96
Globalizationp. 98
Non-Western Economicsp. 102
Sustainabilityp. 104
The Global Economic Crisisp. 105
Referencesp. 110
Further Readingp. 111
Journalsp. 112
Filmsp. 112
Web Sitesp. 112
Power, Conflict, and Policy: The Role of Political Science in International Studiesp. 113
Major Fieldsp. 114
Referencesp. 127
Further Readingp. 127
Filmsp. 128
Web Sitesp. 128
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Regional and International Topics
Europe and the Modern Worldp. 131
What Is Europe?p. 133
Europe and the World's Progress Toward Liberal Democracyp. 136
Europe in the Twentieth Century: From War to Economic Unityp. 145
The Scourge of Nationalism and National Conflict in Modern Europep. 148
National Self-Determination and the Right to Statehoodp. 154
Europe and the Terrorist Threat: Basque, Irish Republican, and Islamic Extremistsp. 158
Europe's Importance in the World Todayp. 162
Timeline of Twentieth-Century European Historyp. 165
Referencesp. 172
Further Readingp. 173
Journalsp. 173
Filmsp. 174
Web Sitesp. 174
East Asia and International Studies: Demography and Developmentp. 175
Introduction: Why Study East Asia?p. 175
What Is East Asia?p. 177
Social Issues: Demographyp. 185
The Role of East Asia in the Worldp. 195
Timeline of Twentieth-Century East Asian Historyp. 198
Referencesp. 205
Further Readingp. 206
Journalsp. 206
Filmsp. 206
Web Sitesp. 207
South/Central Asia and International Studies: Environment and Populationp. 209
Introduction: Why Study South and Central Asia?p. 209
How Is South Asia Connected to the West?p. 211
Demographic Issuesp. 220
Environmental Diversity and Challenges of Indiap. 222
Political Ecology in South and Central Asiap. 225
The Future of Indiap. 226
Asia Matters: Global Connectionsp. 227
Timeline of Twentieth-Century South/Central Asian History, 229 Referencesp. 236
Further Readingp. 237
Filmsp. 238
Journalsp. 238
Web Sitesp. 238
Africa and the International Communityp. 239
African Geography and Culturep. 241
Africa as Part of World Historyp. 246
Challenges to African Political and Economic Developmentp. 252
African State Building and Global Economic Integrationp. 260
Africa and Globalization: Relations with the United States, Europe, and Asiap. 267
African Prospectsp. 273
Timeline of Twentieth-Century African Historyp. 278
Referencesp. 284
Further Readingp. 288
Journalsp. 289
Filmsp. 289
Web Sitesp. 289
The Middle Eastp. 291
The Middle of Where?p. 293
Land and Livelihoodp. 295
From Past to Presentp. 297
Diversity and Divisionp. 302
From Empires to Nation-Statesp. 307
The Richest and the Poorestp. 310
The Problem of Palestinep. 314
Political Change in the Middle Eastp. 319
Conclusionp. 325
Timeline of Twentieth-Century Middle Eastern Historyp. 325
Notesp. 332
Referencesp. 332
Further Readingp. 334
Journalsp. 335
Filmsp. 336
Web Sitesp. 336
Latin Americap. 337
What Is Latin America?p. 340
Which Territories Comprise Latin America?p. 341
Historical Sketchp. 343
Dominant Themes in Latin American Studiesp. 349
Timeline of Twentieth-Century Latin American Historyp. 359
Referencesp. 365
Further Readingp. 365
Journalsp. 365
Filmsp. 365
Web Sitesp. 366
Contemporary Global Issues
International Terrorismp. 369
Notesp. 375
Referencesp. 375
Turkey and the European Union: The Crossroad from Europe to Asiap. 379
Referencesp. 383
Tourism Along the Silk Roadp. 385
Tourism Systemp. 385
Tourism Approachesp. 387
The Silk Roadp. 388
Referencesp. 394
Further Readingp. 396
Persistent Political Violencep. 397
Referencesp. 402
The Veil Controversyp. 403
Referencesp. 408
The Disintegration of Sudanp. 409
Referencesp. 413
Global Population Projectionsp. 415
How Many People Will There Be?p. 416
Referencesp. 419
Conclusionp. 421
Adopting the Interdisciplinary Approachp. 423
Solution-Oriented Analysisp. 426
Sources of Innovative Solutionsp. 427
Conclusionp. 432
Referencesp. 432
Further Readingp. 433
Web Sitesp. 433
Appendix: Comparative Global Statistics: North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Countriesp. 435
Glossaryp. 445
Indexp. 465
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