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World Politics, 1945-2000, 8th Ed. [Paperback]

Peter Calvocoressi
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22 Aug 2000 0582381223 978-0582381223 8
An enormously successful, comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of world history since the end of the Second World War.  The 8th and last ever edition of Calvocoressi's World Politics, is fully updated to provide a complete guide to the second half of the 20th Century.  Since the first edition in 1968, World Politics has established itself as a vital text for anyone involved in international politics or history. As world events happened, Calvocoressi added more and more to his book to maintain its status as a current and complete source. It is the only single volume book to give full international coverage and to be written in clear, succint and accessibly writing style.

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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 8 edition (22 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582381223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582381223
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 'In my view this is the most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent and reliable account of post-war modern history on the market.'  Teaching Politics  'This book compels admiration for its thoroughness, its scope, the masterly ordering of its immense material.'  The Sunday Times

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"Lucid narrative, coherent structure and an enlightened liberal viewpoint"
"The book compels admiration for its thoroughness, its scope, the masterly ordering of its immense material"
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Shelf classification- Politics/International Relations
The final edition of this enormously successful standard work has been completely revised to cover fifty-five years, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of world history since the end of the Second World War.
Written in an impeccably clear, succinct and challenging way, World Politics 1945-2000 is an invaluable and authoritative guide through the complexities of contemporary international politics, through the Cold War and post-Cold War world order.
Coverage includes-
· The immediate aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet empire in Europe and the Soviet Union itself
· The convulsive collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo
· The Gulf War against Iraq and its various sequels
· The Maastricht Treaty for the furthering of the European Union
· The tensions in China between economic liberalisation and the stringencies of communism in the shadow of Deng Xiaoping's prolonged rule
· Mixed fortunes in Africa, from optimism in South Africa, Ghana and even Angola to grimness or worse in Nigeria, Somalia, Rwanda and Liberia
· Thin times for the UN, the expiring GATT and internationalism in general
· Over 30 excellent maps
· Numerous assessments of key figures, including Deng, Khomeini, Thatcher and Mitterrand
· A completely new and fascinating introduction, surveying the major themes of the period
Some reviews of the previous editions-
"In my view, this is the most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent and reliable account of post-war modern history on the market."
"Peter Calvocoressi has a remarkable record of providing concise, pithy, shrewd and accessible analyses of contemporary history. World Politics demonstrates fully the range of his knowledge and the sagacity of his judgement."
Peter Calvocoressi is a figure of distinction in the field of International Relations. A former reader in International Relations at the University of Sussex, he is the author of numerous books, including Independent Africa and the World, Fall Out- World War II and the Shaping of Postwar Europe, and Resilient Europe- A Study of the Years 1870 - 2000, all published by Longman. During the Second World War he worked in British Intelligence at Bletchley Park and from 1946-47 attended the Nuremberg Trials. Since then he has devoted his time mainly to international affairs and book publishing.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT FOR STUDENTS 5 Oct 2000
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Ever wondered what your lecturer is harping on about when he says things like Palestine and globalisation? Well wonder no more! Peter Calvocoressi's books are really good both for reading about all of the considerable issues since WWII, but also for revising and enhancing your research when it comes to revision and essay writing. I would recommend this book to any Politics, Sociology or History student because the material is detailed enough without being bogged down with irrelevant figures. A world class reference book.
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Calvocoressi has been a hallmark of concisely summarising the goings on in the post WW2 world for decades and his experience and expertise clearly shine through. Make no mistake, a helicopter view is necessary, if one is to squeeze the goings on of over 50 years of a whole plannet into a ~900 page book and one will not find out intricate details of a specific event from it. But as a general, solidly researched guide, which focuses on the essentials, the book / series is still peerless in my opinion.

I have always found it a useful reference to specific global areas (it is organised by geographic area as well as centrality to world politics over the period of time) and it tended to suffice as a good source of credible examples one could use in international relations courses, as well as for satisfying my own curiosity. In the cases where my own interest was deeper, it at least provided sufficient pointers for further research.

It also has a very comprehensive index (significantly more extensive than is usual), which will allow the reader to quickly pinpoint an area of interest. On the minus side, the author provides no literature / reference section that would guide the reader with a deeper interest towards specific sources.

While this edition is now a bit dated (the last 10 years, with some significant events are missing), and a new edition is available (World Politics Since 1945), it still represents excellent value for money for someone interested a bit further back. If you are looking for a bargain, the 7th edition from 1996 (World Politics Since 1945) is practically a perfect substitute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to world politics 14 Dec 2006
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There are several books that try to cover world history and no one in particular stands out. This particular book has the strengths of being very thorough and not getting hung up on a particular United States view of the world. My one compliant is it is slanted very far to the left. For those who are looking for a summary of the world and starting a career in International Relations this is a great book to start with. Used in combination with Why Nations go to War they make for two very good books. This is primarily a diplomatic history of the world and keeps that perspective throughout the book.
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