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
Chapter 1: How to Think about International Relations: Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows
PART I: Historical Patterns
Chapter 2: World War I: World on Fire
Chapter 3: World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
Chapter 4: The Origins and End of the Cold War
PART II: The Contemporary International System
Chapter 5: Realist Perspectives on Today’s World: Unipolarity, Rising Powers, and Ethnic Conflicts
Chapter 6: Liberal Perspectives on Today’s World: Collective Security, Multilateral Diplomacy, Interdependence, and International Institutions
Chapter 7: Identity Perspectives on Today’s World: Democracy, Religion, Nationalism, and Human Rights
Part III: Globalization and Change
Chapter 8: Realist and Liberal Perspectives on Globalization: Security, Domestic Economy, Trade, Investment, and Finance
Chapter 9: Identity Perspectives on Globalization: Development and Environment
Chapter 10: Critical Theory Perspectives on Globalization: Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice
Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace