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Perspectives on International Relations - International Student Edition
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Perspectives on International Relations - International Student Edition
Power, Institutions, and Ideas

Seventh Edition


January 2020 | CQ Press
Henry R. Nau’s bestselling book, Perspectives on International Relations is admired for its even-handed presentation of realism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical theory—and for expertly applying those perspectives in every chapter. Students focus on the ways the different perspectives shape our understanding of the root causes of historical events and current controversies in world affairs, and learn to think critically about the world’s most urgent issues. The new Seventh Edition includes updates on Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and other populist leaders, and continuing developments for North Korea, Syria, and Russia.
 
Introduction: Why We Disagree about International Relations
The Crisis in Syria

 
The Roles of Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows

 
The Role of History

 
The Role of Methods

 
Is One Perspective or Method Best?

 
The Role of Judgment

 
The Role of Ethics and Morality

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 1: How to Think about International Relations: Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows
The Attacks of September 11

 
Prisoner’s Dilemma

 
The Realist Perspective

 
The Liberal Perspective

 
The Identity Perspective

 
Critical Theory Perspectives

 
Levels of Analysis

 
Causal Arrows

 
 
PART I: Historical Patterns
 
Chapter 2: World War I: World on Fire
Europe in 1914

 
Realist Explanations

 
Liberal Explanations

 
Identity Explanations

 
Critical Theory Explanations

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 3: World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
Causes of Madness

 
Liberal Accounts

 
Realist Accounts

 
Identity Matters

 
Critical Theory Perspective

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 4: The Origins and End of the Cold War
The Long Telegram

 
Snapshot of the Cold War

 
Realist Explanations

 
Identity Explanations

 
Liberal Explanations

 
Critical Theory Perspective

 
Summary

 
 
PART II: The Contemporary International System
 
Chapter 5: Realist Perspectives on Today’s World: Unipolarity, Rising Powers, and Ethnic Conflicts
Unipolarity

 
Multipolarity

 
Asymmetric Warfare

 
State Sovereignty, Decision-Making and Ethnic Conflicts

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 6: Liberal Perspectives on Today’s World: Collective Security, Multilateral Diplomacy, Interdependence, and International Institutions
Collective Security

 
Multilateral Diplomacy

 
Interdependence

 
International Institutions

 
Regional Institutions

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 7: Identity Perspectives on Today’s World: Democracy, Religion, Nationalism, and Human Rights
Democracy

 
Religion

 
Nationalism

 
Human Rights

 
Summary

 
 
Part III: Globalization and Change
 
Chapter 8: Realist and Liberal Perspectives on Globalization: Security, Domestic Economy, Trade, Investment, and Finance
Snapshot of Globalization

 
Security and Economics

 
Domestic Economic Policies

 
Trade

 
Investment

 
Finance

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 9: Identity Perspectives on Globalization: Development and Environment
Latin America

 
Sub-Saharan Africa

 
Middle East and North Africa

 
Environment

 
Summary

 
 
Chapter 10: Critical Theory Perspectives on Globalization: Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice
Colonialism and Imperialism

 
Dependency

 
World Systems

 
Multinational Corporations and Exploitation of Labor

 
Marginalized Minorities: Global Injustice

 
Persisting Global Inequality

 
Summary

 
 
Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace
Evidence

 
Explanations

 
Summary

 

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