Introduction to Global Politics / Edition 1

Introduction to Global Politics / Edition 1

by Richard W. Mansbach, Kirsten L. Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415773830

ISBN-13: 9780415773836

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This textbook introduces students to the key changes in current global politics in order to help them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world. The emphasis on change in global politics helps students to recognize that genuinely new developments require citizens to change their beliefs and that new problems may appear even as old ones disappear. It is

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This textbook introduces students to the key changes in current global politics in order to help them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world. The emphasis on change in global politics helps students to recognize that genuinely new developments require citizens to change their beliefs and that new problems may appear even as old ones disappear. It is designed to encourage students to think ahead in new, open-minded ways, even as they come to understand the historical roots of the present.

Key features:

  • explains global politics using an historical approach
  • assesses several types of theory so that students become aware of what theory is and why it is necessary for understanding global politics
  • presents key aspects of global politics including the development of the nation-state, power, international law, war, foreign policy, security, terrorism, international organization, international political economy, the global south, the environment and globalization
  • extensive pedagogy to reinforce learning - student activities, visual materials, definitions of key terms and names, learning boxes, cultural materials, key documents, annotated bibliography and website addresses (support website with lecturers' materials, datasets and updates).

Introduction to Global Politics will be essential reading for students of political science, global politics and international relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415773836
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
872
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Making Sense of a Complex World: Theory and Global Politics 1.1 Threats and Opportunities 1.2 History and Global Politics: Change and Continuity 1.3 Levels of Analysis 1.4 What Is Theory and Why Do We Need It? 1.5 The Great Debates: An Introduction to Different World Views 1.6 Many Theories, Many Meanings 1 .7 Conclusion Part 1: The Past as Prologue 2. The Evolution of the Interstate System and Alternative Political Systems 2.1 The Emergence of the European Interstate 2.2 China: The Confucian Empire 2.3 Islam’s Founding and Expansion: A Nonstate Alternative 2.4 Conclusion 3. The World Wars 3.1 Events leading to the Great War 3.2 Explaining the Outbreak of the World War I 3.3 The Peace of Versailles and its Consequences 3.4 The League of Nations 3.5 Hitler comes to Power 3.6 Appeasement and the Onset of World War II 3.7 Explaining the Outbreak of World War II 3.8 Conclusion 4. Background to the Cold War 4.1 Origins of the Cold War in Postwar Europe 4.2 The Cold War Spreads and Deepens 4.3 The Vietnam War 4.4 The Cold War Winds Down 4.5 The End of the Cold War 4.6 Russia after the Cold War 5. Great Challenges in Contemporary Global Policy 5.1 The Challenge from China 5.2 Israel and Palestine 5.3 Afghanistan, 9/11, and the War on Terrorism 5.4 The Iraq Dimension 5.5 Conclusion Part 2: Living Dangerously in a Dangerous World 6. Anarchy, Power and Realism 6.1 Realism and the Condition of Anarchy 6.2 The Neo-Liberal Critique: Co-operating under Anarchy 6.3 The Constructive Critique 6.4 The Quest for Power and Influence 6.5 Conclusion 7. The Changing Nature of War 7.1 War as an Extension of Politics 7.2 On the Road to Total War: The World Wars 7.3 Technology and Interstate Wars 7.4 The Era of Smart Weapons 7.5 Irregular Wars 7.6 Intrastate Wars 7.7 Global Terrorism 7.8 Conclusion Part 3: Actors and Institutions 8. Foreign Policy and War 8.1 What is Foreign Policy? 8.2 War and the Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy 8.3 Managing Interstate Conflict 8.4 Foreign Policy and the Proliferation of WMD 8.5 Conclusion 9. International Law and Organization and the Quest for Peace 9.1 The "Law of the Nations" 9.2 Types of International Organizations 9.3 Early Ideas and Efforts 9.4 The United Nations 9.5 Regional International Organizations 9.6 Nongovernmental Organizations 9.7 Conclusion 10. Human Rights: The Individual in Global Politics 10.1 The Holocaust 10.2 The Evolution of International Criminal Tribunals 10.3 Individual Rights under International Law 10.4 Women’s Rights as Human Rights 10.5 Conclusion Part 4: Global Issues 11. International Political Economy 11.1 The Beginnings of a Global Economy 11.2 Theories of Political Economy 11.3 The Great Depression 11.4 The Bretton Woods Institutions 11.5 Hegemonic Stability 11.6 Transnational Corporations: Engines of Global Capitalism 11.7 States and Markets 11.8 The Asian Contagion 11.9 Conclusion 12. The Global South 12.1 Europe’s Empires and the Developing World 12.2 Decolonization 12.3 The Politics of Nation Building and Economic Development 12.4 An Economic Giant Awakens 12.5 Conclusion 13. Human Security 13.1 The Idea of Human Security 13.2 Poverty and Economic Development 13.3 Transnational Crime 13.4 The Arms Trade 13.5 Refugees and Migrants 13.6 Globalized Diseases 13.7 Conclusion 14. The Environment: A Global Collective Good 14.1 Collective Good and Collective Fates 14.2 Populations and Environment 14.3 Deteriorating Global Ecology 14.4 Conclusion Part 5: Peoples and Cultures in Global Politics 15. Identity Politics: Nationalism and Ethnicity 15.1 Identities 15.2 Manipulating Identities 15.3 Nationalism 15.4 Religious Identities 15.5 Ethnic and Tribal Identities 15.6 The Brutal Break-up of Yugoslavia 15.7 The Clash of Civilizations? 15.8 Conclusion Part 6: And Tomorrow? 16. A Globalizing World? 16.1 What is Globalization? 16.2 The Globalization Debate 16.3 The State in Decline 16.4 A Future Dimly Seen 16.5 Conclusion: An Uncertain Future?

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