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Global Politics

Myths and Mysteries

Aggie Hirst, Diego de Merich, Joe Hoover, and Roberto Roccu

16 January 2023

ISBN: 9780198820826

320 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

The only text that centres students' critical thinking skills, empowering them to become truly independent thinkers of global politics.


Global Politics: Myths and Mysteries is an innovative introduction to key concepts in international relations, exposing the myths of the discipline, and making critical thinking engaging and relatable for students.

  • Takes a critical pedagogical approach to help students to develop theoretical reflexivity and independent critical thinking skills
  • Engages students by encouraging them to explore the key questions which shape international politics
  • Systematically organised into themes around common 'myths' and 'mysteries' that structure international relations
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

Aggie Hirst, Reader in International Relations Theory and Methods, King's College London, Diego de Merich, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, Joe Hoover, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Queen Mary University of London, and Roberto Roccu, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, King's College London

Dr Aggie Hirst is Reader in International Relations Theory and Methods at King's College London. Situated in international political theory and critical military studies, her research focuses on play, games, and violence.

Dr Diego de Merich is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on care ethics, human affect and empathy, on equalities mainstreaming in public policy, and on the ethics of international development.

Dr Joe Hoover is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at Queen Mary University of London. His work examines questions of global ethics drawing on philosophical pragmatism and agonistic political theory.

Dr Roberto Roccu is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King's College London. His research focuses on different dimensions of the impact of globalization and neoliberal restructuring on the Middle East and North Africa.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: Myth Making
    11:Conclusion: Making Change


"A genuinely innovative approach to the subject matter and a welcome additional to teaching options." - Dr Adam Bower, Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews

"This book raises the bar for introductory textbooks in Global Politics and IR. It is an innovative, erudite but student-centred introduction to the field, which covers an impressive range of material, including concepts of power, violence, state, empire, law, money and capitalism. The authors contributions are accessible and, along with a range of reflective exercises and further resources, enable students think critically about their own views and the myths that they are taught. It will be a hugely important resource for teachers as well as for students." - Professor Kimberly Hutchings, Professor of Politics and IR, Queen Mary University London, UK

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
Global Politics: Myths and Mysteries is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
· The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with hyperlinks to carefully selected lists of web-links, and an additional reading list, to help you broaden your knowledge and understanding of international relations: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
· Student resources: a library of web links, an annotated reading guide, and additional case studies are available online.
Lecturer resources: a bank of essay and seminar questions, and PowerPoint slides for each chapter are available online.

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