This book written for introductory-level students of global politics examines the connections and conflicts among peoples on our planet and relates them in a personalized way. While other world politics texts examine the globe from a distance, this text emphasizes the voices of those engaged in political struggles over the complexities of health, resources, the environment, economics, and ultimately power and its multiple conceptions. Throughout, students are challenged to engage in global politics and citizen movements.
Richard Oliver Collin is distinguished professor emeritus of politics and geography at Coastal Carolina University. Pamela L. Martin is professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University.
Introduction Part I: Introduction to a Small Planet 1. Global Literacy: Understanding a Complicated World 2. Levels of Analysis: The People, Places, and Things We Study 3. Community and Conflict: A Quick Look at the Planet 4. The Country in Question: Sovereign States and Nations Part II: How the World Functions: Freedom and Political Conflict 5. Containing Conflict: The International Community 6. Freedom and Ideology: Imagining an Ideal World 7. How Democracies Manage Freedom and Conflict Part III: Kinds of Conflict: The World When Things Go Wrong 8. Conflict and Less-Free Societies 9. Conflict, Violence, War, and Mayhem 10. The War of the Mind: Violent Ideological Conflict 11. The War of the Heart: Violent Nationalist Conflict Part IV: Population, Poverty, Resources, and Human Development 12. Economic Development: The Rich and the Wretched 13. Too Many Plates at the Table: Population and Political Conflict 14. The Greening of a Blue Planet Appendices Glossary