Explaining International Relations Since 1945 / Edition 1

Explaining International Relations Since 1945 / Edition 1

by Ngaire Fugate Woods
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198741960

ISBN-13: 9780198741961

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

History and theory are all too often treated as separate approaches to international relations. This book offers an accessible synthesis of sophisticated theory and in-depth history.

The uses of theory are examined in the opening section which includes a defence of the historical method by John Lewis Gaddis and the arguments for a more scientific method by Bruce

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History and theory are all too often treated as separate approaches to international relations. This book offers an accessible synthesis of sophisticated theory and in-depth history.

The uses of theory are examined in the opening section which includes a defence of the historical method by John Lewis Gaddis and the arguments for a more scientific method by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. The subsequent chapters of the book take major issues and episodes in international relations since 1945 (such as the rise of Japan, change in Latin America, wars in the Middle East, and decolonization) and demonstrate how it is that particular theories assist in explaining them. These include theories of power, cooperation, alliances, empire, integration, and arms control.

The student is left with a nuanced view of history and a critical but constructive approach to theories of international relations. The book challenges both students and academics to think afresh about the ways they analyze international relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198741961
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,243,631
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction1
1The Uses of Theory in the Study of International Relations9
2History, Science, and the Study of International Relations32
3The Benefits of a Social-Scientific Approach to Studying International Affairs49
4The Cold War in Europe, 1945-1947: Three Approaches81
5The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Spheres of Influence98
6The United States and Western Europe: The Theory of Hegemonic Stability126
7The United States and Latin America: Neorealism Re-examined155
8The United States and East Asia: Challenges to the Balance of Power179
9Africa and World Politics since 1945: Theories of Decolonization199
10The Middle East: The Origins of Arab-Israeli Wars219
11Japan: Reassessing the Relationship between Power and Wealth241
12The Study of China's International Behaviour: International Relations Approaches259
13The European Union in the 1990s: Reassessing the Bases of Integration283
14The United Nations: Variants of Collective Security309
15The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Alliance Theory337
16Arms Control: A Formal Approach355
Index373

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