Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 July 2019

464 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190648527

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International Relations

Third Edition

Eric Shiraev and Vladislav Zubok

Using a three-part framework of Ideas, Arguments, and Contexts and Applications, International Relations, Third Edition, shows students how to think critically about issues and current events in world politics. Each chapter first describes key concepts and developments in the field (Ideas), then presents the main theoretical and analytical approaches (Arguments), and finally applies the main theories and approaches within the individual, state, and global contexts (Contexts and Applications). In additional to historical information woven throughout the text, the book also includes a new separate chapter on history (Chapter 2) that summarizes key events and includes an illustrated timeline. A new Chapter 11 focuses on the future of International Relations and Chapter 8 has been updated and expanded to cover non-state threats and international security. Theory is now covered in two chapters--one focused on classical theories (realism and liberalism)--and the other on contemporary theories and perspectives (constructivism, Marxism, feminism, rational choice). Visual Reviews at the end of each chapter not only recap key points but include Critical Thinking questions that reflect the chapter learning objectives.

New to this Edition:

  • Now covers theory in two chapters: Chapter 3 (realism and liberalism) and Chapter 4 (constructivism, Marxism, feminism, rational choice perspectives)
  • A new, separate chapter on history (Chapter 2) summarizes key events and includes an illustrated timeline. History is also incorporated in "Case Study" applications and the "History Lab" feature throughout.
  • A new feature called "History Lab" replaces "A Case in Point" boxes. "History Lab" points students to online activities or simulations focusing on key historical issues and events. This feature presents current or historical events and issues, and contains Critical Thinking questions for class discussions or written assignments.
  • Includes new, expanded discussions of globalization and anti-globalization (Chapter 1)
  • Offers significantly expanded and updated coverage of contemporary asymmetric threats, including insurgency, cyberwarfare, and new forms of terrorism (Chapter 8)
  • In response to students often asking "What Can I Do?," a new concluding chapter focuses on steps toward a better political world, discussing how different career paths and volunteer work address specific issues. New tables show how theories and levels of analysis could be applied .
  • Updated "Debate" features and chapter reviews
  • Chapter-ending sections previously titled "Uses of History" have been reworked as Case Studies

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