Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History / Edition 7

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LONGMAN CLASSICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

In revising classic works in political science, Longman celebrates the contributions its authors and their research have made to the discipline. The Longman Classics in Political Science series honors these authors and their work. Providing students with an updated context, each title in the series includes a new foreword, written by one of today’s top scholars, offering a fresh, in-depth analysis of the book and its enduring contributions.

UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS An Introduction to Theory and History Seventh Edition

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

“Sometimes original scholars sound pedantic when addressing central issues of world politics; often policymakers speak in code or platitudes. Not so Professor Nye. As any reader will see, the work in your hands is lucid, direct, and concise. Reading Nye’s writing on world politics is like watching Joe DiMaggio play center field or Yo-Yo Ma play the cello: he makes the difficult look easy.”

–from Robert Keohane’s Foreword

Written by renowned scholar and former policymaker Joseph Nye, this text is a brief and penetrating introduction to the study of world politics. It deftly applies a combination of history and theory to evaluate conflict and cooperation among international actors, thus providing students a framework for understanding contemporary issues. From World War I to modern terrorism and information revolutions to global governance, Understanding International Conflicts is a highly readable survey that answers as well as raises compelling questions about the future of international relations.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a Deputy to the Undersecretary of State in the Carter Administration, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration, and Chair of the National Intelligence Council.

The new MyPoliSciKit for Understanding International Conflicts is a premium online learning resource that features multimedia activities to help students connect concepts to current events, including book-specific assessment, video case studies, role-playing simulations, mapping exercises, Financial Times newsfeeds, and politics blog. Log on to www.mypoliscikit.com to see a demo, purchase a subscription, or use your access code to get started.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205658879
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/31/2008
  • Series: MyPoliSciKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph S. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor at and former Dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a Deputy to the Undersecretary of State in the Carter Administration, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration, and Chair of the National Intelligence Council.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Is There an Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics? 1
2 Origins of the Great Twentieth-Century Conflicts 27
3 Balance of Power and World War I 50
4 The Failure of Collective Security and World War II 74
5 The Cold War 98
6 Intervention, Institutions, and Regional Conflicts 133
7 Interdependence and Power 161
8 A New World Order? 181
Credits 197
Index 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Comprehensive look at the history and practice of international affairs

    From Thucydides to Saddam Hussein, Nye synthesizes theory, history, and practice to create an outstanding overview of international affairs and the understanding of international conflicts. Utilizing maps, photographs, and chronological charts to complement his impeccable research, Nye's work offers a comprehensive take on how international affairs really works. Touching on the many different theories of international relations on discerning levels of thought, Nye explains how statecraft operates and how philosophical concepts affect the outcome of past history and the path our world is taking. His discussions of contemporary subjects, such as globalization, the information revolution, and the possibilities of a new world order, make this a must read for a good factual and theoretical grounding in current foreign relations. Insightful and informative, Nye provides an intellectual forum in which to think of the 'complex and confusing domain of international politics.'

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