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International Relations in Perspective

International Relations in Perspective
A Reader

Edited by:

December 2009 | 768 pages | CQ Press

International Relations in Perspective brings together a set of 43 classic and contemporary selections designed to introduce students to the most influential scholarship and key issues in the field. As balanced in its approach as Nau’s introductory text, this distinctive reader gives equal space to realism, liberalism, constructivism and the work of critical theorists, more effectively reflecting the current state of scholarly debate. Organized to complement Perspectives on International Relations but flexible enough to use with any text or on its own, the collection covers a host of topics including terrorism, human security, development, civil society, global governance, political economy, and more. The book features substantive chapter introductions that situate the readings and help students understand how selections speak to one another.

The Dilemma of Scientific Man

Japan, Asian-Pacific Security, and the Case for Analytical Eclecticism

Chapter 1: How to Think About International Relations: Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
The Realist Critique

Realism and Complex Interdependence

Anarchy Is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics

Karl Marx

Thoroughly Modern Marx: Lights. Camera. Action. Das Kapital. Now.

The Level-of-Analysis Problem in International Relations

Chapter 2: Perspectives on World History: Change and Continuity
Historical Reality vs. Neo-realist Theory

The Fragmentation and Consolidation of International Systems

Intervention and International Order

Chapter 3: World War I: World on Fire
The Coming of the First World War: A Reassessment

The July Crisis and the Outbreak of World War I

Chapter 4: World War II: What Did War Happen Again?
The 1930s and the Origins of the Second World War

Selections from President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: A Study in Appearances and Realities

Chapter 5: The Origins and End of the Cold War
The Long Telegram

Telegram from the Soviet Ambassador to the United States, to the Soviet Leadership

Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Completion of Containment

Deterrence and the End of the Cold War

Chapter 6: From 11/9-9/11: The World of the 1990s
The End of History?

The Clash of Civilization?

Great Power Politics in the Twenty-first Century

Chapter 7: Terrorism and the World after 9/11
Feminist Perspectives on 9/11

How Baida Wanted to Die

What China Will Want: The Future Intentions of a Rising Power

Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism

Separatism's Final Country

Chapter 8: History of Globalization: Mercantilism, Pax Britannica, and Pax Americana
Dominance and Leadership in the International Economy: Exploitation, Public Goods, and Free Rides

Economic Interdependence and National Security in Historical Perspective

Chapter 9: How Globalization Works in Practice
The "Magic" of the Market

Selections from "Has Globalization Gone Too Far?"

Chapter 10: Trade, Investment, and Finance: Engines of Growth
The Economics of QWERTY

Global Imbalances and the Financial Crisis

Chapter 11: Miracle and Missed Opportunity: Development in Asia and Latin America
From Miracle to Crisis to Recovery: Lessons from Four Decades of East Asian Experience

An Empty Revolution: The Unfilled Promises of Hugo Chavez

Chapter 12: Foreign Aid and Domestic Governance: Development in Africa and the Middle East
Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World: Concepts and Problematic Issues

Is Africa's Economy at a Turning Point?

The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier

Chapter 13: Global Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice: A Critical Theory Perspective
Carmen Miranda on My Mind: International Politics of the Banana

Dependent Capitalist Development in Latin America

Chapter 14: World Environment: Population, Pollution and Pandemics
Selection from "An Inconvenient Truth"

Is Humanity Losing the Global Warming Debate?

Chapter 15: Global Civil Society: Nonstate Actors and Basic Human Rights
Selection from "A New World Order"

Transitional Justice: Criminal Courts and Alternatives

Chapter 16: Global Governance: International and Regional Institutions
The Challenges of Global Governance

Regional Orders

Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace
The Kantian Peace in the Twenty-First Century


This is a supplementary book for students of International Relations and International Politics. The book includes essential theories of IR.

Mr Ikrom Yakubov
Department of Politics, Dundee University
December 8, 2015

Some of the pieces offered in this textbook provide a valuable overview of the contemporary issues in the field of IR.

Dr Gul Kurtoglu Eskisar
International Relations, Dokuz Eylül University
August 11, 2011

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