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Understanding International Relations [Paperback]

Chris Brown
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8 Feb 2001 0333948491 978-0333948491 2nd Revised edition
This concise text introduces main theoretical approaches and applies them to the central questions of war and peace, poverty and wealth, economic management, and global governance confronting the world today. Clear and accessible, the second edition has been revised and updated throughout with increased coverage of globalization and of the emerging 21st-century world order.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd Revised edition edition (8 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333948491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333948491
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is entirely characteristic that Chris Brown's text is unlike anybody else's; it is equally characteristic that it is written with a zest, a pace and a sense of fun that is sadly missing from much of the discipline as a whole. Students - and their teachers - will gain a great deal from it. They will also have a good time!' - N.J. Rengger, Political Studies

'[A] very appealing book... The text succeeds in giving a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities and, in a non-judgemental but not uncritical way, setting them in context... I can think of no book more likely to succeed in persuading a sceptical undergraduate - someone convinced of the existence of a self-evident world of facts - that not only is a knowledge of theory necessary to understand international relations, but it is fun.' - James Mayall, Review of International Studies
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A lively accessible and wide-ranging introduction to International Relations theory and its relevance for understanding contemporary world politics.

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This book is an introduction to the discipline of International Relations; 'International Relations' (upper case - here frequently shortened to IR) is the study of 'international relations' (lower case) - the use of upper and lower case in this way has become conventional and will be employed throughout this book - but what are 'international relations'? Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 13 May 2003
By A Customer
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is thorough and packed with precise explanation, but also good-humoured and fluently written. Suitable for those (like myself) who are new to the subject but with sufficient depth that I'm sure I'll get more from it after reading other works and returning to it. Definitely worth buying, reading, keeping to read again... Recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I find Chris Brown's methodical approach to the much debated theory of International Relations most refreshing. His non-judgemental style gives a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities of the discipline while at the same time restoring the fun that is sadly missing back to the subject. This text is essential reading for any student (postgraduate or undergraduate) of International Relations or Politics. Even teachers and politicians could learn something from this valuable text!.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book in order to increase my understanding of the current affairs in international politics. And I can certainly say that it did!! This book increased my insight but most of all it inspired me to read much more about the subject. I think it's a great introduction and I found the 'further reading guide' at the end of the chapters very helpful in exploring this extremely interesting subject!!! If you buy this book you WILL be burdened with the need to read a lot more, truly inspiring!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simplified 2 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
A good introduction to IR, but beyond BA 1 this book loses its utility - it's far too simple. The book covers only certain interpretations of main IR theories, and most readers would be better with something like International Relations Theory: Realism, Pluralism, Globalism and Beyond which shows the nuances of each point of view. These nuances are not just fussing by petty theorists, but important differences that should not be overlooked by anyone taking a serious interest in IR
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No beating around the bush 12 Feb 2011
By Trotter
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This book is very good for those who want an introduction to International Relations. It simplifies issues, but doesn't omit important details. It is very well written, not beating around the bush when it comes to tricky issues. It is written in a honest tone, and makes sure to maintain itself professionally about it.

The structure of the book is also very helpful. It moves more and more into theoretical debates as the chapters go on, but it is still possible to read each chapter without having read the preceding chapters.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to study, or just learn more about, International Relations, this book will be extremely handy to have around.
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