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5th Edition

International Studies
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues

ISBN 9780367463441
Published September 28, 2021 by Routledge
336 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a much-needed classroom text in international studies that is genuinely interdisciplinary in its approach.

International Studies focuses specifically on five core disciplines; history, geography, anthropology, political science and economics, and describes them in relation to one another, as well as their individual and collective contributions to the study of global issues. The expert authors also emphasize the continuing importance of area studies within an interdisciplinary and global framework, applying its interdisciplinary framework to substantive issues in seven regions: Europe, East Asia and the Pacific, South and Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and North America. This new edition has been completely updated and substantially revised with two new chapters on Media, Sovereignty and Cybersecurity and Sustainable Development.

This disciplinary and regional combination offers a useful and cohesive framework for teaching students a substantive and comprehensive approach to understanding global issues.

Table of Contents


Part One: The Disciplines of International Studies

Chapter 1 – The Past in the Present: Historical Interpretation in International Studies

Chapter 2 – Peoples, Places, and Patterns: Geography in International Studies

Chapter 3 – Anthropology and Intercultural Relations

Chapter 4 – Economics and International Development

Chapter 5 – Political Science and International Studies

Part Two: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Regional and International Topics

Chapter 6 – North America and International Studies

Chapter 7 – Europe and the Modern World

Chapter 8 – East Asia, the Pacific, and International Studies: Demography and Development

Chapter 9 – South and Central Asia and International Studies: Environment and Population

Chapter 10 – Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 11 – The Middle East and North Africa

Chapter 12 – Latin America and International Studies

Chapter 13 – Global Issue: Global Climate Change

Chapter 14 – International Terrorism

Chapter 15 – Media, Sovereignty and Cybersecurity

Chapter 16 – Global Issue: Sustainable Development

Chapter 17 – The Global Refugee Crisis


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Stanley Toops is an associate professor of geography and international Studies at Miami University, Ohio, USA.

Mark Allen Peterson is a professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Miami University, Ohio.

Walt Vanderbush is interim chair and associate professor of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University, Ohio, where he previously served as the Director of Latin American Studies.

Naaborle Sackeyfio is assistant professor of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University, Ohio.

Sheldon Anderson is Professor of History at Miami University, Ohio.


"International Studies is an outstanding introductory text for courses that aim to teach an interdisciplinary approach to global affairs. Students not only get a sense of how historians, political scientists, anthropologists, geographers, and economists see the world, but also come to understand how each discipline helps its practitioners address pressing global challenges."

James Stocker, Trinity Washington University, USA.

"International Studies provides a fascinating mix of multiple disciplinary approaches to International Studies, comprehensive regional coverage, and an eclectic mix of contemporary thematic topics including climate change, refugees, sustainable development, and terrorism. It absolutely delivers on the promise of a single volume introduction to International Studies."

Scott Pegg, Department of Political Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA.