Free Textbooks from E-International Relations

E-International Relations offers two free textbooks exploring foundational elements of the discipline to beginners. Both books are free to access and also on sale in paperback worldwide. See below for full details.


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International Relations
, edited by Stephen McGlinchey, is a ‘Day 0’ introduction to International Relations (IR). The chapters offer a broad sweep of the basic components of IR 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 IR is always adapting to events and is therefore a never-ending journey of discovery.

The book is available now on Amazon (UK, USA, Ca, Ger, Fra), in all good book stores, and via a free PDF download. Kindle, iBook and other e-reader versions are available via the relevant stores / apps.

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INTRODUCTION – GETTING STARTED (Stephen McGlinchey)

PART ONE – THE BASICS 

  1. THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD  (Erik Ringmar)
  2. DIPLOMACY  (Stephen McGlinchey)
  3. ONE WORLD, MANY ACTORS  (Carmen Gebhard)
  4. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY  (Dana Gold & Stephen McGlinchey)
  5. INTERNATIONAL LAW  (Knut Traisbach)
  6. INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS  (Shazelina Z. Abidin)
  7. GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY  (Raffaele Marchetti)
  8. GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY  (Günter Walzenbach)
  9. RELIGION AND CULTURE  (John A. Rees)

PART TWO – GLOBAL ISSUES 

  1. GLOBAL POVERTY AND WEALTH  (James Arvanitakis & David J. Hornsby)
  2. PROTECTING PEOPLE  (Alex J. Bellamy)
  3. CONNECTIVITY, COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY  (Andreas Haggman)
  4. VOICES OF THE PEOPLE  (Jeffrey Haynes)
  5. TRANSNATIONAL TERRORISM  (Katherine E. Brown)
  6. THE ENVIRONMENT  (Raul Pacheco-Vega)
  7. FEEDING THE WORLD  (Ben Richardson)
  8. MANAGING GLOBAL SECURITY BEYOND ‘PAX AMERICANA’  (Harvey M. Sapolsky)
  9. CROSSINGS AND CANDLES  (Peter Vale)

 



International Relations Theory,
edited by Stephen McGlinchey, Rosie Walters and Christian Scheinpflug, is a foundational entry point to IR theory. The first half covers the established theories that are most commonly taught in undergraduate programmes. The book then expands to present emerging approaches and offer wider perspectives. Each chapter sets out the basics of a theory whilst also applying it to a real-world event or issue. This format creates a lively, readable and relevant guide that will help students to see not only what theories are, but why they matter.

The book is available now on Amazon (USA, UK, Ca, Fra, Ger), in all good book stores, and via a free PDF download. Kindle, iBook and other e-reader versions are available via the relevant stores/apps. 

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Introduction: GETTING STARTED WITH INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY (Stephen McGlinchey, Rosie Walters & Dana Gold)

PART ONE – ESTABLISHED THEORIES

  1. REALISM (Sandrina Antunes & Isabel Camisão)
  2. LIBERALISM (Jeffrey W. Meiser)
  3. THE ENGLISH SCHOOL (Yannis A. Stivachtis)
  4. CONSTRUCTIVISM (Sarina Theys)
  5. MARXISM (Maïa Pal)
  6. CRITICAL THEORY (Marcos Farias Ferreira)
  7. POSTSTRUCTURALISM (Aishling Mc Morrow)
  8. FEMINISM (Sarah Smith)
  9. POSTCOLONIALISM (Sheila Nair)
  10. TOWARDS A GLOBAL IR? (Amitav Acharya)

PART TWO – EXPANSION PACK

  1. GREEN THEORY (Hugh C. Dyer)
  2. GLOBAL JUSTICE (Alix Dietzel)
  3. QUEER THEORY (Markus Thiel)
  4. SECURITISATION THEORY (Clara Eroukhmanoff)
  5. CRITICAL GEOGRAPHY (Irena Leisbet Ceridwen Connon & Archie W. Simpson)
  6. ASIAN PERSPECTIVES (Pichamon Yeophantong)
  7. GLOBAL SOUTH PERSPECTIVES (Lina Benabdallah, Victor Adetula & Carlos Murillo-Zamora)
  8. INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES (Jeff Corntassel & Marc Woons)
  9. A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE ON REALISM (Felix Rösch & Richard Ned Lebow
  10. THE ‘ISMS’ ARE EVIL. ALL HAIL THE ‘ISMS’! (Alex Prichard)

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