The Evolution of International Security Studies

The Evolution of International Security Studies

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by Barry Buzan, Lene Hansen
     
 

International Security Studies (ISS) has changed and diversified in many ways since 1945. This book provides the first intellectual history of the development of the subject in that period. It explains how ISS evolved from an initial concern with the strategic consequences of superpower rivalry and nuclear weapons, to its current diversity in which environmental,

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International Security Studies (ISS) has changed and diversified in many ways since 1945. This book provides the first intellectual history of the development of the subject in that period. It explains how ISS evolved from an initial concern with the strategic consequences of superpower rivalry and nuclear weapons, to its current diversity in which environmental, economic, human and other securities sit alongside military security, and in which approaches ranging from traditional Realist analysis to Feminism and Post-colonialism are in play. It sets out the driving forces that shaped debates in ISS, shows what makes ISS a single conversation across its diversity, and gives an authoritative account of debates on all the main topics within ISS. This is an unparalleled survey of the literature and institutions of ISS that will be an invaluable guide for all students and scholars of ISS, whether traditionalist, 'new agenda' or critical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521872614
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

List of figures

List of tables

Introduction 1

1 Defining international security studies 8

2 The key questions in international security studies: the state, politics and epistemology 21

3 The driving forces behind the evolution of international security studies 39

4 Strategic studies, deterrence and the Cold War 66

5 The Cold War challenge to national security 101

6 International security studies post-Cold War: the traditionalists 156

7 Widening and deepening security 187

8 Responding to 9/11: a return to national security? 226

9 Conclusions 256

References 273

Author index 365

Subject index 368

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