436 pages | 38 B/W Illus.
This exciting new textbook provides an accessible and lively introduction to international relations for students encountering the subject for the first time.
Presenting complex ideas, concepts and arguments in a straightforward and conversational way, the textbook explains international relations from a diplomatic perspective, emphasizing co-existence in the absence of agreement, and developing students’ ability to make sense of the current conditions of international uncertainty.
Introducing students to the major theories and issues in international relations, each chapter:
The first introductory textbook to take a diplomatic approach, this text is essential reading for all those looking to take their first steps into the study of international relations in an era of uncertainty.
"Introducing International Relations is a tour de force fast-paced and entertaining survey of the major theories and issues of international politics. It is destined to become widely viewed as the best IR textbook on the market."
"In a clear and engaging fashion, Sharp presents the diplomatic framework of understanding international relations by mapping out the field in a fair-minded, nuanced, and straightforward manner. A splendid teaching tool!"
"In a refreshing conversational style, Paul Sharp, the diplomatic scholar, has composed an unusual core textbook that bridges the gap between diplomacy and international relations for the undergraduate. Assuming the reader knows little, Sharp digs into essential concepts, offers definitions, contemporary examples in case studies and points to further reading. Clearly a teacher, as well as a scholar, Sharp’s original approach should meet the pedagogical demands of professors and help lower division college students get a grip on the human and systemic forces at work in our increasingly messy world."
"Paul Sharp has the rare ability to make International Relations theory readable, relevant and relatable. This textbook is a must-have for scholars and students alike, whatever their geopolitical interest or paradigmatic inclination."
"This highly accessible textbook superbly synthesizes and advances current debates about whether and how diplomacy matters in the construction of world politics. Viewing the International Relations field through a diplomatic lens, Paul Sharp yields fascinating, and often challenging, insights about both theory and practice. In an appealing personal tone, Sharp’s book will set students thinking and debating robustly amongst themselves."
"An excellent foundation for new entrants to the study of international relations. It provides excellent surveys of the leading approaches to International Relations. It also steers readers' attention to key questions that will help spark their own analyses of the problems of the discipline and the world."
Chapter 1 Introduction--Why Study International Relations and Other Basic Questions
Chapter 2 International Theory, Realism and Power Politics
Chapter 3 Liberalism and Building World Orders
Chapter 4 Constructivism, the English School, Feminism and Other Post-positivist Theories of International Relations
Chapter 5 Foreign Policy
Chapter 6 International Conflict and Competition
Chapter 7 Military Power and War
Chapter 8 International Law, International Organization, and Human Rights
Chapter 9 International Trade and International Production
Chapter 10 International and Global Finance
Chapter 11 International and Regional Integration and Disintegration
Chapter 12 Natural Resources, Population, and the Environment
Chapter 13 North-South Gaps and Old-New Gaps
Chapter 14 Economic, Human, and Political Development
Chapter 15 Conclusions
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