International Relations

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Stephen McGlinchey, University of the West of England

Pub Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-1-9108141-8-5

Publisher: Independent

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Reviewed by Emily Channell-Justice, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University of Ohio, on 6/21/2017.

The book is presented as a beginner's guide to International Relations and in this way is comprehensive in its presentation of basic issues relevant … read more

 

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Reviewed by Alexis Henshaw, Visiting Assistant Professor, Miami University, on 6/21/2017.

The book at least touches on all of the subjects that I routinely cover in my introductory course on international relations, but the coverage of the … read more

 

Table of Contents

CONTRIBUTORS 
GETTING STARTED 
PART ONE - THE BASICS

  • 1. THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD
  • 2. DIPLOMACY
  • 3. ONE WORLD, MANY ACTORS
  • 4. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
  • 5. INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • 6. INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
  • 7. GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY
  • 8. GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
  • 9. RELIGION AND CULTURE

PART TWO - GLOBAL ISSUES

  • 10. GLOBAL POVERTY AND WEALTH
  • 11. PROTECTING PEOPLE
  • 12. CONNECTIVITY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
  • 13. VOICES OF THE PEOPLE 
  • 14. TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM
  • 15. THE ENVIRONMENT
  • 16. FEEDING THE WORLD
  • 17. MANAGING GLOBAL SECURITY BEYOND ‘PAX AMERICANA’
  • 18. CROSSINGS AND CANDLES

REFERENCES 
NOTE ON INDEXING

About the Book

This book is designed to be a ‘Day 0’ introduction to International Relations. As a beginner’s guide, it has been structured to condense the most important information into the smallest space and present that information in the most accessible way. The chapters offer a broad sweep of the basic components of International Relations and the key contemporary issues that concern the discipline. The narrative arc forms a complete circle, taking readers from no knowledge to competency. The journey starts by examining how the international system was formed and ends by reflecting that International Relations is always adapting to events and is therefore a never-ending journey of discovery. Unlike typical textbooks, there are no boxes, charts, pictures or exercises. The philosophy underpinning this book is that these things can be a distraction. This book, like others in the E-IR Foundations series, is designed to capture attention with an engaging narrative. The chapters are short, with simple paragraphs and clear sentences placing the reader inside crucial issues and debates so they can understand how things work, and where they fit in the world around them.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Stephen McGlinchey is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Editor-in-Chief of E-International Relations. His main research interests are in US-Iran relations during the Cold War.