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This introduction to international relations employs an exceptionally readable style that avoids jargon and abstract theory by blending basic concepts and vocabulary with a substantial amount of historical background and examples from current events. This readable style combined with new pedagogy allows readers to better understand how International Relations can and does affect their lives. Examines the many possible causes of war, ranging from human nature to aggressive states to international anarchy; Discusses the challenge of terrorism (especially the impact of 9/11 and its aftermath); Extensively covers the 2003 war and its aftermath in relation to oil and the Persian Gulf, the Soviet Union to Russian transition, Latin American and Africa, and Key figure profiles. For careers in International Relations, World Politics, and Globalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136130543
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/24/2007
  • Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
  • Edition description: 7TH
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Strange New World: Systems and States in Transformation 3
2 America Faces the World: Historic National Interests, Goals, and Strategies 21
3 "Wrong, Terribly Wrong": The United States and Vietnam 39
4 Can the United States Lead the World? 58
5 From Russia to the Soviet Union 73
6 From the Soviet Union Back to Russia 88
7 South Africa: The Last Colony 109
8 Arabs and Israelis: The Rocky Road to Accommodation 120
9 Oil and Turmoil: The Persian Gulf Wars 143
10 Central America and the Caribbean: From Sphere of Influence to Shaky Independence 159
11 Economic Development: The Rich and the Poor 179
12 National Security: How States Protect Themselves 199
13 Nuclear Politics: Is The Bomb Here to Stay? 216
14 Terrorism 232
15 D-Mark: The Rise of United Europe 255
16 Yen: The Rise of the Pacific Rim 274
17 Dollar: The Decline of U.S. Economic Leadership 291
18 Diplomacy 309
19 International Law 324
20 The United Nations 346
21 Peacekeeping: Beyond War 368
Index 389
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Most young people now enter college with little or no background in twentieth-century history. Ask students questions about major events of the twentieth century and you are likely to see some blank faces. It is all news to them. But they cannot be blamed; they don't know it because they have never been taught. Accordingly, we take it as our task to do considerable backfilling in recent history, which we arrange largely by geographic area and use to illustrate one or more concepts of international relations. Many instructors have thanked us for this approach.

Some new texts in international relations pay relatively little attention to history, leaping instead into the future. These are the "world-order" texts that, we think, implicitly argue the following: "The twentieth century was a horrible century that showed the worst that humans can do to each other. But it was only an episode in the maturation of humankind and has little to teach us. The twenty-first century, a time of global cooperation, ecology, and equality, is upon us. We must concentrate on it and not on the unhappy past."

We find "world-order" approaches unjustified, or at least grossly premature. The world became more complex after the Cold War, which kept numerous problems suppressed or frozen. And the mechanisms to deal with these problems still depend on sovereign nations deciding if and when they want to participate. When people are determined to fight for what they believe is justly theirs, UN "peacekeeping" forces are useless. War—"contending by force," in Grotius's classic words—remains a part of international relations and cannot be wished away. Although we argue in the concludingchapter that war is losing its effectiveness in settling disputes, conflict is still the "stuff" of international politics. If world order does break out, rest assured we will be among the first to write a textbook on it.

We begin in Chapter 1 with system change and an overview of the international systems that have marked modern history. The post-Cold War system still defies easy characterization. Multipolar is perhaps too general a term; we consider stratified, globalized, clash of civilizations, and other models, most of them with major economic components. The chapter also introduces the concepts of power, state, and sovereignty, which we believe are still fundamental to international relations.

System change has touched almost everything in international affairs, not just the obvious—the end of Cold War bipolarity between the superpowers. In the Persian Gulf, a tyrannical ruler strives to expand his realm and acquire weapons of mass destruction because his previous superpower patron no longer has the means to restrain him. Elsewhere in the Middle East, guerrillas start talking with a regime they hate just as the Soviet Union goes into retreat and collapse, and the guerrillas realize they have lost their chief backer. Economic relations among the major industrial blocs—Europe, the Pacific Rim, America—grow testier; fear of the Soviets no longer holds them together under a U.S. strategic umbrella. Proliferation of nuclear weapons, a minor issue a decade ago, has become major. The United Nations, previously little more than a talk shop, has developed as a crisis stabilizer. We discuss these and other spinoffs of system change in this book.

We believe that, because system change is occurring before our very eyes, International Relations (IR) is more exciting and relevant than ever. In this new world there are new threats to guard against and new opportunities to take advantage of. As in earlier editions, we are trying to awaken young newcomers to the field to its fascinating and sometimes dramatic qualities, as well as acquaint them with its basic concepts and vocabulary. Toward this end we include feature boxes titled "Concepts" and "Classic Thought," as well as "Economic Background" and "Historical Background" boxes. We also include "Reflections" boxes, which recall the authors' personal experiences or ponder issues that affect students personally, to show that IR is not a distant abstraction.


COMPANION WEBSITE This website brings an online study guide to students and a valuable tool to professors. When students log on, they will find a wealth of study and research resources. Chapter outlines and summaries with special features from the book, true/false tests, fill-in-the-blank tests, and multiplechoice questions, all with immediate feedback and chapter page numbers, give students ample opportunity to review the information. The site also includes a large variety of links to sites pertaining to material covered in each chapter of the text. For professors, there is a faculty resource section that includes links to helpful sites, graphics to download from the book, and textual PowerPoint slides to use in presentations.


An instructor's manual with test item files on diskette are available to instructors from their Prentice Hall representative.


Prentice Hall's testing software program permits instructors to edit any or all items in the Test Item File and add their own questions. Other special features of this program, which is available for Windows and Macintosh, include random generation of an item set, creation of alternative versions of the same test, scrambling question sequence, and test preview before printing.


We owe a great deal of thanks to specialists who read and commented on our chapters and saved us from foolish misstatements. Ambassador Theresa A. Healy and Charles Ahlgren of the State Department made valuable suggestions on the Diplomacy chapter. Dr. Ed Dew of Fairfield University perceptively reviewed our Africa and Latin America chapters. Thanks also go to Janet Berry, who compiled the index.

Responsibility, of course, lies with the authors, who are happy to receive your comments directly for incorporation into possible future editions.

Michael G. Roskin

Nicholas O. Berry

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