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International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings 5th Edition

Keith L. Shimko

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Overview

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: PERSPECTIVES, CONTROVERSIES, AND READINGS, 5TH EDITION explores power politics, war and democracy, human nature, free trade, inequality, globalization, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism. Brief, topical coverage presented within a debate framework challenges readers to think critically, consider diverse perspectives, and apply what they’ve have learned to real scenarios. Current, relevant primary source readings demonstrate ideas shaping international relations today. Students examine the most recent statistics, research, trends, theories, and examples from today’s headlines, including chemical weapons in Syria, the Russia and Ukraine conflict, and debate over climate change and global resources.

Keith L. Shimko, Purdue University

Keith L. Shimko, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at Purdue University. He has taught Introduction to International Relations since 1990 and has won several school and university-wide teaching awards. Dr. Shimko is the author of IMAGES AND ARMS CONTROL: PERCEPTIONS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION (Michigan, 1991), which was named a CHOICE outstanding academic book and received the Lynne-Reinner/Quincy Wright Award, as well as THE IRAQ WARS AND AMERICA'S MILITARY REVOUTION (Cambridge, 2010). He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
  • Key terms are defined in a running glossary in the page margins, allowing students to identify important concepts easily, learn useful terms without interrupting their reading, and focus their study and review effectively.
  • Designed to be reader-friendly and engaging, this popular text provides a thorough, yet highly accessible introduction to international relations, combining broad coverage of essential theory, current issues, and real-world examples in a compact volume that avoids excessive detail and complexity.
  • Following a pair of introductory chapters on international history and politics, the text features 11 chapters that explore fundamental issues or controversies in international relations, such as power politics, war and democracy, human nature, free trade, inequality, globalization, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism.
  • The author approaches major topics using provocative questions such as “How should we respond to terrorism?” and an engaging “debate” format to capture student interest and encourage them to think critically, appreciate diverse perspectives, and consider the real-world applications of chapter concepts.
  • Each of the core chapters concludes with a unique Point of View section featuring two primary source readings that offer varied perspectives on an issue, enabling students to engage directly with current ideas and arguments in order to refine their own views.

International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies and Readings

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Change and Continuity in International History.
2. Contending Perspectives on International Politics.
3. Power Politics.
4. War and Democracy.
5. War and “Human Nature”.
6. Free Trade.
7. The IMF, Global Inequality, and Development.
8. Globalization and Sovereignty.
9. International Law.
10. The United Nations and Humanitarian Intervention.
11. Nuclear Proliferation.
12. International Terrorism.
13. The Global Commons.
Index.