Global Horizons An Introduction to International Relations

ISBN-10: 1442600926
ISBN-13: 9781442600928
Edition: 3rd 2009
Authors: Hendrik Spruyt
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List price: $39.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In the current era we have the ability to wage global war, interact economically and culturally with any part of the world, and communicate with each other in real time. Our horizons are now global. Time and space have contracted. This text takes the change in our horizons as a key feature of modern international relations, examining how international politics and the relations between nations and states have become global politics.Rather than survey a large array of issues and theories, Hendrik Spruyt provides students with particular "tools of the trade" and with different perspectives to understand given empirical puzzles. Each section of the book discusses key theories that might be suitable to understand the issues in question, and then applies them to empirical cases that demonstrate their use in practice. Using historical and contemporary case studies allows for both a historical and comparative approach.The book is organized into three parts: International Security, The Global Economy, and Global Challenges: Energy and the Environment. The first part discusses the outbreak of war alongside analytical methods for studying war and peace, and then applies these methods to three case studies: WWI, the Nuclear Era, and the outbreak of the second Gulf War in 2003. The second part discusses diverse approaches to international economic competition among nations, and analyses whether globalization has led to convergence with a case study on the World Trade Organization (WTO). Finally, the third part focuses on global problems that cross boundaries and present new challenges to humankind and offers two particular cases: the politics of energy and the issue of global warming.

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Preface
Introduction The Dawn of the Global Event Horizon
International Security
Tools of the Trade (1): Understanding War and Peace from Three Perspectives
Tools of the Trade (2): Game Theory
World War I
The Cold War and After
The American Invasion of Iraq in 2003
Resources
The Global Economy
Tools of the Trade: Comparative Case Strategy and Hegemonic Stability Theory
Three Views of Economics and Politics
Paradigmatic Legacies: Variations in Capitalism
The International Economic Order and the Question of Convergence
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Global Challenges: Energy and the Environment
Tools of the Trade: Common Pool Resources and Imperfect Markets
The Politics of Energy
Global Warming and Ozone Depletion
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Bibliography
Index

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