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Cover Image: International Relations in Perspective: A Reader
  • Date: 12/15/2009
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $65.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-60426-993-2
  • Pages: 747
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International Relations in Perspective: A Reader
Henry R. Nau, George Washington University

International Relations in Perspective brings together a set of 43 classic and contemporary selections designed to introduce students to the most influential scholarship and key issues in the field. As balanced in its approach as Nau’s introductory text, this distinctive reader gives equal space to realism, liberalism, constructivism and the work of critical theorists, more effectively reflecting the current state of scholarly debate. Organized to complement Perspectives on International Relations but flexible enough to use with any text or on its own, the collection covers a host of topics including terrorism, human security, development, civil society, global governance, political economy, and more. The book features substantive chapter introductions that situate the readings and help students understand how selections speak to one another.

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Table of Contents


Introduction. Why We Disagree About International Relations
I.1 The Dilemma of Scientific Man, Hans J. Morgenthau
I.2 Japan, Asian-Pacific Security, and the Case for Analytical Eclecticism, Peter J. Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara

1. How to Think About International Relations: Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
1.1 The Realist Critique: The Foundations of Realism, E. H. Carr
1.2 Realism and Complex Interdependence, Robert O. Keohane and Joseph S. Nye
1.3 Anarchy Is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics, Alexander Wendt
1.4 Karl Marx, Milja Kurki
1.5 Thoroughly Modern Marx: Lights. Camera. Action. Das Kapital. Now., Leo Panitch
1.6 The Level-of-Analysis Problem in International Relations, J. David Singer

2. Perspectives on World History: Change and Continuity
2.1 Historical Reality vs. Neo-realist Theory, Paul Schroeder
2.2 The Fragmentation and Consolidation of International Systems, Stuart J. Kaufman
2.3 Intervention and International Order, Martha Finnemore

3. World War I: World on Fire
3.1 The Coming of the First World War: A Reassessment, Marc Trachtenberg
3.2 The July Crisis and the Outbreak of World War I, Dale C. Copeland

4. World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
4.1 The 1930s and the Origins of the Second World War, Mark L. Haas
4.2 Selection from President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941, Charles A. Beard

5. The Origins and End of the Cold War
5.1 The Long Telegram, George Kennan
5.2 Telegram from the Soviet Ambassador in the United States to the Soviet Leadership, Nikolai Novikov
5.3 Reagan, Gorbachev, and the Completion of Containment, John Lewis Gaddis
5.4 Deterrence and the End of the Cold War, Richard Ned Lebow and Janice Gross Stein

6. From 11/9 to 9/11: The World of the 1990s
6.1 The End of History?, Francis Fukuyama
6.2 The Clash of Civilizations?, Samuel P. Huntington
6.3 Great Power Politics in the Twenty-first Century, John J. Mearsheimer

7. Terrorism and the World after 9/11: Religious, Ethnic, and National Conflicts
7.1 Feminist Perspectives on 9/11, J. Ann Tickner
7.2 How Baida Wanted to Die, Alissa J. Rubin
7.3 What China Will Want: The Future Intentions of a Rising Power, Jeffrey W. Legro
7.4 Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism, Jerry Z. Muller, with response, Separatism’s Final Country, Richard Rosecrance and Arthur Stein

8. History of Globalization: Mercantilism, Pax Britannica, and Pax Americana
8.1 Dominance and Leadership in the International Economy: Exploitation, Public Goods, and Free Rides, Charles P. Kindleberger
8.2 Economic Interdependence and National Security in Historical Perspective, Robert Gilpin

9. How Globalization Works in Practice
9.1 The ‘Magic’ of the Market, Martin Wolf
9.2 Selections from Has Globalization Gone Too Far?, Dani Rodrik

10. Trade, Investment, and Finance: Engines of Growth
10.1 The Economics of QWERTY, Paul Krugman
10.2 Selection from The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means, George Soros

11. Miracle and Missed Opportunity: Development in Asia and Latin America
11.1 From Miracle to Crisis to Recovery: Lessons from Four Decades of East Asian. Experience, Joseph E. Stiglitz
11.2 An Empty Revolution: The Unfilled Promises of Hugo Chavez, Francisco Rodriguez

12. Foreign Aid and Domestic Governance: Development in Africa and the Middle East
12.1 Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World: Concepts and Problematic Issues United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Arab States
12.2 Is Africa’s Economy at a Turning Point?, Jorge Arbache, Delfin S. Go, and John Page
12.3 The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier, Ishmael Beah

13. Global Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice: A Critical Theory Perspective
13.1 Carmen Miranda on My Mind: International Politics of the Banana, Cynthia Enloe
13.2 Dependent Capitalist Development in Latin America Fernando, Henrique Cardoso

14. World Environment: Population, Pollution, and Pandemics
14.1 Selection from An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore
14.2 Selection from Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years, S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery

15. Global Civil Society: Nonstate Actors and Basic Human Rights
15.1 Selection from A New World Order ,Anne-Marie Slaughter
15.2 Transitional Justice: Criminal Courts and Alternatives, David P. Forsythe

16. Global Governance: International and Regional Institutions
16.1 The Challenges of Global Governance, Margaret P. Karns and Karen A. Mingst
16.2 Regional Orders, Peter J. Katzenstein

Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace
C.1 The Kantian Peace in the Twenty-First Century, Bruce Russett and John R. Oneal


“This book does an excellent job of integrating the major theoretical approaches with practical applications. It serves as a great tool in teaching students about the different perspectives, without privileging one over the others.”

- Jennifer Ramos, Loyola Marymount University

“This reader provides the most thorough, wide ranging and up to date collection of readings in international relations currently available. Incorporating multiple perspectives including constructivism and feminist international relations, the book provides excerpts and articles which are accessible yet challenging. The materials are thematically arranged in an engaging format which is sure to stimulate great discussions in the classroom. I am particularly impressed with the materials discussing such current situations as global warming and opposition to globalization which students will surely find stimulating and relevant.”

- Mary Manjikian, Regent University and former foreign service officer
Henry R. Nau, George Washington University

Henry R. Nau has taught political science and served in government for more than thirty years. He is currently Professor of Political Science and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, specializing in international relations and U.S. foreign policy.

From 1981 to 1983, he served on the National Security Council as senior director responsible for international economic affairs. He also served, between 1975 and 1977, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of State. In 1977 he received the State Department's Superior Honor Award.

His books include At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy; Trade and Security: U.S. Policies at Cross-Purposes; The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s; National Politics and International Technology: Nuclear Reactor Developments in Western Europe; and Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, and Ideas.

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