This exciting new textbook provides an accessible and lively introduction to international relations for students encountering the subject for the first time.
Presenting complex ideas, concepts and arguments in a straightforward and conversational way, the textbook explains international relations from a diplomatic perspective, emphasizing co-existence in the absence of agreement, and developing students' ability to make sense of the current conditions of international uncertainty.
Introducing students to the major theories and issues in international relations, each chapter:
is written to a common structure, dividing each topic into sections with learning objectives within each section to provide points of focus for students and instructors
includes extensive text box examples and short case studies for reflection and discussion
provides key terms, key takeaways and simple exercises which require short responses
offers a suggested list of further readings for those who wish to explore a topic further.
The first introductory textbook to take a diplomatic approach, this text is essential reading for all those looking to take their first steps into the study of international relations in an era of uncertainty.
Paul Sharp is Professor and Head of Political Science at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he teaches courses in International Relations, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and International Relations Theory.
Chapter 1 Introduction--Why Study International Relations and Other Basic Questions Chapter 2 International Theory, Realism and Power Politics Chapter 3 Liberalism and Building World Orders Chapter 4 Constructivism, the English School, Feminism and Other Post-positivist Theories of International Relations Chapter 5 Foreign Policy Chapter 6 International Conflict and Competition Chapter 7 Military Power and War Chapter 8 International Law, International Organization, and Human Rights Chapter 9 International Trade and International Production Chapter 10 International and Global Finance Chapter 11 International and Regional Integration and Disintegration Chapter 12 Natural Resources, Population, and the Environment Chapter 13 North-South Gaps and Old-New Gaps Chapter 14 Economic, Human, and Political Development Chapter 15 Conclusions