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Great Powers and World Order

Great Powers and World Order
Patterns and Prospects

May 2020 | 264 pages | CQ Press
Great Powers and World Order encourages critical thinking about the nature of world order by presenting the historical information and theoretical concepts needed to make projections about the global future.  Charles W. Kegley and Gregory Raymond ask students to compare retrospective cases and formulate their own hypotheses about not only the causes of war, but also the consequences of peace settlements. Historical case studies open a window to see what strategies for constructing world order were tried before, why one course of action was chosen over another, and how things turned out. By moving back and forth in each case study between history and theory, rather than treating them as separate topics, the authors hope to situate the assumptions, causal claims, and policy prescriptions of different schools of thought within the temporal domains in which they took root, giving the reader a better sense of why policy makers embraced a particular view of world order instead of an alternative vision.

About the Authors
Chapter 1 Great-Power Struggles for Primacy in the Modern Era
The Westphalian Foundations of the Modern State System

What Are Great Powers?

Regularities in Great-Power Behavior

Contending Approaches to World Order

Building World Order in the Aftermath of Hegemonic War

Key Terms

Chapter 2 World War I and the Versailles Settlement
The Origins of the First World War

The Armistice and Arrangements for a Peace Conference

Balance-of-Power Theory and World Order

Woodrow Wilson and The Liberal Tradition in World Politics

National Self-Interest Confronts Wilsonian Idealism

The Versailles Settlement

A World in Disarray

Key Terms

Chapter 3 World War II and the Birth of the Liberal Order
The Origins of the Second World War

Planning for a Postwar World Order

Spheres-of-Influence versus Universalist Models of World Order

The Political Economy of World Order

A World Divided

Key Terms

Chapter 4 The Cold War and Its Consequences
The Origins of the Cold War

The Course of the Cold War

The Characteristics of the Cold War

The Cold War World Order

Beyond the Cold War

Key Terms

Chapter 5 America’s Unipolar Moment
American Primacy

Primacy and World Order

Democratic Peace Theory and American Foreign Policy

Rethinking State Sovereignty in an Era of Globalization

Anticipatory Self Defense and Preventive War

The Twilight of Unipolarity

Key Terms

Chapter 6 Unraveling the Liberal Order
Donald Trump and Conservative Thought on Foreign Policy

The Jacksonian Turn in American Foreign Policy

Power Without Principle

Key Terms

Chapter 7 The Range of Great-Power Choice
Viewing System Transformation in Historical Context

Great-Power Options for Shaping World Order

Coordinated Consultation and World Order

Legitimacy and World Order

Key Terms

Chapter 8 Rethinking World Order
Change and Continuity in Contemporary World Politics

Critical Questions for World Order in the Twenty-First Century

The Quest for World Order

Key Terms

Suggested Readings

This book highlights the complexities within the international arena, and forces students to critically think by putting them in the You Decide driver’s seat.” 

Nicholas P. Giordano
Suffolk County Community College

“Great Powers and World Order is a timely re-introduction to power politics in the international system. In an era when great power conflict of one type or another seems an ever-present threat, this text will help students to understand the origins and such conflicts, and ground their knowledge through thorough case-studies.” 

“Consistent analytical approach. Easy for students to grasp.” 

Geoff Allen
University of California Santa Barbara

“[The text’s] writing style makes it accessible to students, and that indicates a great potential for the book to engage students and encourage them to actually read it. The authors focus on the essential knowledge and there was no fluff material that can overwhelm students. I really like the section where it presents the notion that international relations really hinges on two things – maintaining international norms and preventing aggression. Such an important understanding and presented really clearly and succinctly."

Kyeonghi Baek
SUNY Buffalo State

“This historically grounded textbook will introduce students to the difficulty of establishing a stable world order. [An] historical based book that presents how realism and liberalism inform how world orders are constructed."

Charles J. Fagan
Western Carolina University

“This new textbook by Charles W. Kegley, Jr. and Gregory Raymond brings an innovative approach to the teaching of International Relations, by interweaving historical facts with the theoretical concepts needed for their interpretations. This book can be an excellent supplemental book for undergraduate students, and a great introductory book for graduate students. As the authors stated, it can solve the problem of thinking critically and theoretically about the world order, by interweaving the presentation of ‘historical information and theoretical concepts needed to investigate its features.’” 

Adrien M. Ratsimbaharison
Benedict College

“A reader for students so they have pertinent information at their fingertips regarding the conflicts that have forged our world.”

Richard Arnold
Muskingum University

“[Great Powers and World Order] provides a clear chronological history of the events that led to contemporary opportunities and challenges for the world. A comprehensive text that provides students conceptual tools to make sense of the genesis and the shaping of the current global order.” 

Benn L. Bongang
Savannah State University

“It's a good, solid introduction to the study of IR on the college level. It provides all the necessary basic information students need to begin their IR study, and to allow them to concentrate their future studies in areas of greatest interest to them. It is a good springboard into a lot of different directions.”

Charles M. Swinford
Southern New Hampshire University

“The fragile foundations of our liberal world order that is based on rules and institutions are being shaken by the great powers’ rivalries. This book is must reading for all serious students of contemporary world affairs.” 

Olli Rehn
Former Vice President of the European Commission

 “The Great Powers and World Order provides an authoritative account of the nor- mative underpinnings of international security. The rules of the road founded on the liberal world order are now under attack, and normative and institu- tional restraints are crumbling. This book presents a cogent and instructive interpretation of the prevailing problems darkening contemporary international realities.”

Joel Rosenthal
President of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

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