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International Politics on the World Stage, Brief, 8/e

John T. Rourke, University of Connecticut - Storrs
Mark A. Boyer, University of Connecticut - Storrs

ISBN: 0073378992
Copyright year: 2010

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  • Streamlined organization that provides a basic introduction to world politics and international relations while allowing for flexibility in structuring the course.
  • Updated coverage of current events including: the struggle for democracy in Iraq, growing concerns over nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea, continuing peace efforts in the Middle East, genocidal horror in Darfur, the increasing presence of China as a global power, the defeat of the proposed EU constitution, and the threat of avian flu.
  • The latest scholarship on world trade, finance, and globalization issues, including the impact of high energy costs, the rise of China as a global economic power, and economic tensions between developed and developing nations.
  • New coverage of the changing role of international organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations.
  • An expanded and updated Online Learning Center, organized by chapter, with several new interactive exercises, simulations, debates, and maps that enhance the text. Web icons in the margin of the text call out related material on the companion site.
  • A lively, accessible, and jargon-free narrative gives this text its reputation for exceptional readability.
  • The contrast between realist and liberal approaches to international relations serves as a key organizing principle of the presentation.
  • A balance of political theory and application, presented with the latest scholarship, research, and events, provides students with a comprehensive introduction to world politics.
  • A concise but critical discussion of historical background traces the evolution of the current international system.
  • Maps, graphs and charts, tables add visual interest and highlight important topics.
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