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.
International Relations in Perspective: A Reader
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Table of Contents
Introduction. Why We Disagree About International Relations
1. How to Think About International Relations: Perspectives and Levels of Analysis
2. Perspectives on World History: Change and Continuity
3. World War I: World on Fire
4. World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
5. The Origins and End of the Cold War
6. From 11/9 to 9/11: The World of the 1990s
7. Terrorism and the World after 9/11: Religious, Ethnic, and National Conflicts
8. History of Globalization: Mercantilism, Pax Britannica, and Pax Americana
9. How Globalization Works in Practice
10. Trade, Investment, and Finance: Engines of Growth
11. Miracle and Missed Opportunity: Development in Asia and Latin America
12. Foreign Aid and Domestic Governance: Development in Africa and the Middle East
13. Global Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice: A Critical Theory Perspective
14. World Environment: Population, Pollution, and Pandemics
15. Global Civil Society: Nonstate Actors and Basic Human Rights
16. Global Governance: International and Regional Institutions
Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace
“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.