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International Relations Perspectives and Controversies

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ISBN-10: 0618783504

ISBN-13: 9780618783502

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Keith L. Shimko

List price: $174.95
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International Relations: Perspectives and Controversies offers an innovative approach to this introductory course. Each of the topical chapters covers an enduring and important debate in the field and examines how political actors or political thinkers explain and defend their different opinions. This format offers the students the chance to understand important issues in International Relations as dynamic struggles over resources and power. Each chapter is structured in four parts. The first part provides a historical overview of the issue, its origins, evolution, and current status. The middle two sections of each chapter map out the opposing or contrasting points of view within the…    
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Book details

List price: $174.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Keith L. Shimko, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at Purdue University. He has taught Introduction to International Relations since 1990 and has won several school and university-wide teaching awards. Dr. Shimko is the author of IMAGES AND ARMS CONTROL: PERCEPTIONS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION (Michigan, 1991), which was named a CHOICE outstanding academic book and received the Lynne-Reinner/Quincy Wright Award, as well as THE IRAQ WARS AND AMERICA'S MILITARY REVOUTION (Cambridge, 2010). He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Preliminary Contents
Introduction: The Study of International Relations
History and Perspectives
Change and Continuity in International History
Contending Perspectives on International Politics
Power Politics (Does International Anarchy Lead to War?)
War and Democracy (Are Democracies More Peaceful?)
War and "Human Nature" (Is War Part of Human Nature?)
Free Trade (Does Free Trade Benefit All?)
The IMF, Global Inequality, and Development (What are the Obstacles to Development?)
Globalization and Sovereignty (Is Globalization a Threat to National Sovereignty?)
International Law (Does International Law Matter?)
The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention (Are Humanitarian Interventions Justified?)
Nuclear Proliferation (Is Nuclear Proliferation Dangerous?)
International Terrorism (How Should We Respond to International Terrorism?)
The Global Commons