Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to International Relations

by R. Barry J. Jones, Peter Jones, Ken Dark, Joel Peters
     
 

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This Innovative Textbook provides an accessible interpretation of the contemporary and historical insights that fuel the most important changes in world affairs. It gives a detailed overview of the prospects for international relations in the twenty-first century. By encompassing leading 'traditional' approaches and leading contemporary interpretations, the authors

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This Innovative Textbook provides an accessible interpretation of the contemporary and historical insights that fuel the most important changes in world affairs. It gives a detailed overview of the prospects for international relations in the twenty-first century. By encompassing leading 'traditional' approaches and leading contemporary interpretations, the authors point towards the likely pattern of future development in international relations.

The core themes include the dramatic changes and uncertainties in international relations in the early part of the twenty-first century, such as globalisation, as well as 'new areas' including international political economy, regionalisation, the fragmentation of states and cooperative problem-solving.

The book begins by considering traditional approaches to international relations, which have turned upon the central notion of the state. Three chapters are devoted to a discussion of these approaches, thereby enabling students to understand many of the central features of world affairs throughout the last three-and-a-half centuries and to gain a sense of how international relations has been studied. The following three chapters focus on recent developments that threaten the role of the state in world affairs, and explore the profound consequences of these developments. The final chapter sums up the diminishing role of the state as a consequence of these developments and 'new areas' that have arisen in the latter part of the twentieth century.

This is a field which is evolving rapidly and continually, both in terms of real world events and academic study. Aimed specifically at first- and second-year undergraduates studying politics and international relations, this book provides a solid introduction to the central debates that a student of international relations and politics must know and understand.

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Offering an accessible interpretation of contemporary and historical factors that fuel important changes in world affairs, this introduction to international relations devotes three beginning chapters to discussion of the three levels of analysis within traditional approaches to the study of international relations, then examines recent developments that threaten the role of the state in world affairs and explore their consequences. A final chapter reviews the role of the state in the latter half of the 20th century. Jones teaches international relations at the University of Reading. The book is distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719052521
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

R.J. Barry Jones is Professor of International Relations, Peter Jones is Lecturer in Politics, and Ken Dark is Lecturer in Economics, all at the University of Reading. Joel Peters is Senior Lecturer at Ben Gurion University.

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