Introduction to Global Politics / Edition 1

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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Introduction to Global Politics places an increased emphasis on the themes of continuity and change. It continues to explain global politics using an historical approach, firmly linking history with the events of today. By integrating theory and political practice at individual, state, and global levels, students are introduced to key developments in global politics, helping them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world.

This is a highly illustrated textbook with informative and interactive boxed material throughout. Chapter opening timelines contextualise the material that follows, and definitions of key terms are provided in a glossary at the end of the book. Every chapter ends with student activities, cultural materials, and annotated suggestions for further reading that now include websites.

Key updates for this edition:

  • New chapter on 'The causes of war and the changing nature of violence in global politics'
  • New chapter on 'Technology and global politics'
  • Enhanced coverage of theory including post-positivist theories
  • Uses ‘levels of analysis’ framework throughout the text
  • New material on the financial crisis, BRIC and Iran

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

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘A solid volume for either one or two semester introductory courses in International Politics. Aimed at today’s students, who need a text with significant historical background and demand consideration of contemporary problems, Introduction to Global Politics delivers the basics and much more. With its useful timelines, attention-getting boxes, rich array of excerpts from key documents, and such a thorough discussion of contemporary issues as to make a supplementary work unnecessary, this text warrants serious consideration.’ - Joseph R. Rudolph, Jr., Towson University, USA

‘Introduction to Global Politics is a first rate text. It is exhaustive in its coverage of issues and ideas, extremely well informed by history and theory and also engagingly written and produced. Mansbach and Taylor have produced one of the best books on the market.’ - Nick Bisley, La Trobe University, Australia

‘The publication of the first edition of Introduction to Global Politics gave students of International Relations a textbook that approached global politics and events and themes using the analytical perspectives and frameworks that underpin the discipline of International relations. Thus, in one textbook, students gained not only an historical/political grounding, but also an understanding of the uses and practice of theory and analysis and the different interpretations of events that result with different frameworks of analysis. This new edition continues this approach, with the same lucid, but lively, writing style and crystal clear explanations of theory and analysis, utilising both historical and contemporary political examples to illuminate and make more relevant the analysis. The changes in this edition reflect the changes in today’s world, identifying and scrutinizing the major issues and themes, and thus equipping students with both the analytical tools and the knowledge that they need to successfully analyse global politics.’ - Caroline Page, Coventry University, UK

‘Mansbach and Taylor expertly explain today's global political challenges in historical and cultural context, helping students to understand the alternative approaches to dealing with conflict, and to building cooperation, that human societies have imagined and attempted. Global politics emerge from these pages not as a static set of constraints and imperatives, but as a dynamic, ever-changing, multi-dimensional reality — a world in which ideas, identities, interests, and institutions are constantly evolving. This is a world in which individuals have the capacity to change the realities which are shaping their lives, a world in which knowledge and understanding open doors to new possibilities.’ - Edward Rhodes, George Mason University, USA

‘Theory, history, and current issues are masterfully woven together in this important new book.

The authors' excellent use of vivid real-life examples, figures, pictures, timelines and sideboxes, all serve to illustrate theoretical concepts in a way that will grab the attention of undergraduate and graduate students alike; and with its thought-provoking discussion and essay questions, this textbook virtually teaches itself. A major contribution to the learning and understanding of globalization, this book is evidence that globalization studies have truly come into their own.’ - Ersel Aydinli, Bilkent University, Turkey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415773836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 872
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard W. Mansbach is Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, USA. A former editor of International Studies Quarterly, Marshall Scholar, and three-time Fulbright Scholar.

Kirsten L. Rafferty is Assistant Professor of Government and International Studies at Berry College (Mount Berry, GA), USA.

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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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