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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"
THE SUNDAY TIMES
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Shelf classification- Politics/International Relations
WORLD POLITICS 1945-2000
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.
· 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."
PROFESSOR LAWRENCE FREEDMAN
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.