Explaining International Relations Since 1945 / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 6/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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University College, Oxford
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 The Uses of Theory in the Study of International Relations 9
2 History, Science, and the Study of International Relations 32
3 The Benefits of a Social-Scientific Approach to Studying International Affairs 49
4 The Cold War in Europe, 1945-1947: Three Approaches 81
5 The Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Spheres of Influence 98
6 The United States and Western Europe: The Theory of Hegemonic Stability 126
7 The United States and Latin America: Neorealism Re-examined 155
8 The United States and East Asia: Challenges to the Balance of Power 179
9 Africa and World Politics since 1945: Theories of Decolonization 199
10 The Middle East: The Origins of Arab-Israeli Wars 219
11 Japan: Reassessing the Relationship between Power and Wealth 241
12 The Study of China's International Behaviour: International Relations Approaches 259
13 The European Union in the 1990s: Reassessing the Bases of Integration 283
14 The United Nations: Variants of Collective Security 309
15 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Alliance Theory 337
16 Arms Control: A Formal Approach 355
Index 373
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