International Relations, edited by Stephen McGlinchey, is 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.
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INTRODUCTION – GETTING STARTED (Stephen McGlinchey)
PART ONE – THE BASICS
- THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD (Erik Ringmar)
- DIPLOMACY (Stephen McGlinchey)
- ONE WORLD, MANY ACTORS (Carmen Gebhard)
- INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY (Dana Gold & Stephen McGlinchey)
- INTERNATIONAL LAW (Knut Traisbach)
- INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS (Shazelina Z. Abidin)
- GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY (Raffaele Marchetti)
- GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY (Günter Walzenbach)
- RELIGION AND CULTURE (John A. Rees)
PART TWO – GLOBAL ISSUES
- GLOBAL POVERTY AND WEALTH (James Arvanitakis & David J. Hornsby)
- PROTECTING PEOPLE (Alex J. Bellamy)
- CONNECTIVITY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY (Andreas Haggman)
- VOICES OF THE PEOPLE (Jeffrey Haynes)
- TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM (Katherine E. Brown)
- THE ENVIRONMENT (Raul Pacheco-Vega)
- FEEDING THE WORLD (Ben Richardson)
- MANAGING GLOBAL SECURITY BEYOND ‘PAX AMERICANA’ (Harvey M. Sapolsky)
- CROSSINGS AND CANDLES (Peter Vale)
In today’s volatile and fast moving world, it is important to understand how things really work on the global stage. This book brings together scholars and practitioners from around the world to explain key issues, concepts and dynamics from a variety of perspectives in clear and accessible language. An invaluable and interesting read for anyone who wants to learn the basics of international relations.
– Marta Dyczok. Associate Professor, Departments of History and Political Science, University of Western Ontario.
With the turbulence all around us, everyone is affected by what happens elsewhere and no one can afford not to understand international relations. This is an essential guide to learning how to navigate our interconnected world.
– Mukesh Kapila, CBE. Professor of Global Health & Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester.
A succinct guide to International Relations that will be an ideal introduction for high school students and junior undergraduates.
– David R. Marples. Chair, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta.
A thoughtful, well-written, intelligently presented and engaging narrative introduction to international relations.
– Richard Ned Lebow. Professor of International Political Theory, Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
A concise and comprehensive introduction to the study of international affairs. Adopting a student-centred approach and using strong examples, this book is essential for promoting understanding about international relations.
– Yannis Stivachtis. Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, and International Studies Program Director, Virginia Tech.
Coming soon, International Relations Theory: A Practical Introduction, edited by Stephen McGlinchey, Rosie Walters and Christian Scheinpflug.
Books on IR Theory tend to be overwhelming to beginners. For this reason, this book will provide a foundation upon which to build and act as a guide that students can dip in and out of when they want to get back to basics. Each stand-alone chapter will provide readers with the basic introduction they need to understand a theory, a practical example or case study to demonstrate how that theory yields insights, and plenty of inspiration and information to find out more.
This format will help to create a lively, readable and relevant guide that will help new students to see not only what theories are, but why they matter. While the first section of the book will focus on more established theories, an ‘Expansion Pack’ of other theories and perspectives explores the diversity of IR theory, its controversies, and its continuing evolution.
Introduction: ‘WHY THEORIES MATTER’
Stephen McGlinchey (UWE Bristol, UK) & Rosie Walters (Bristol, UK)
PART 1: ‘ESTABLISHED THEORIES’
- REALISM – Richard Ned Lebow (KCL, UK) & Felix Rösch (Coventry, UK)
- LIBERALISM – Jeffrey Meiser (Portland, USA)
- ENGLISH SCHOOL – Yannis A. Stivachtis (Virginia Tech, USA)
- CONSTRUCTIVISM – Sarina Theys (Newcastle, UK)
- MARXISM – Maia Pal (Oxford Brookes, UK)
- CRITICAL THEORY – Marcos Farias Ferreira (Lisbon, Portugal)
- POSTSTRUCTURALISM – Aishling Mc Morrow (Queen’s, UK)
- FEMINISM – Sarah Smith (Victoria, Australia)
- POSTCOLONIALISM – Sheila Nair (Northern Arizona, USA)
- THEORY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: TOWARDS A GLOBAL IR? – Amitav Acharya (American University, USA)
PART 2: ‘EXPANSION PACK’
- GREEN THEORY – Hugh Dyer (Leeds, UK)
- QUEER THEORY – Markus Thiel (Florida International, USA)
- GLOBAL JUSTICE – Alix Dietzel (Bristol, UK)
- CRITICAL GEOGRAPHY – Irena L. C. Connon (Dundee, UK) & Archie W. Simpson (Bath, UK)
- SECURITIZATION THEORY – Clara Eroukhmanoff (St Andrews, UK)
- ASIAN PERSPECTIVES – Pichamon Yeophantong (UNSW, Australia)
- AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES – Victor Adetula (Jos, Nigeria)
- INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES – Marc Woons (KU Leuven, Belgium) & Jeff Corntassel (Victoria, Canada)
- LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES – Carlos Murillo-Zamora (National University of Costa Rica)
- EASTERN EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES – Peter Marton (Corvinus, Hungary)
- GLOBAL SOUTH PERSPECTIVES – Lina Benabdallah (Florida, USA)
Conclusion: REFLECTING ON IR THEORY
Alex Prichard (Exeter, UK)
To see what book we have coming next, stay tuned!