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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 9 edition (30 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405899387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405899383
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 4.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Peter Calvocoressi has a remarkable record of providing concise, pithy, shrewd and accessible analyses of contemporary history. World Politics since 1945 demonstrates fully the range of his knowledge and the sagacity of his judgement.'
Professor Lawrence Freedman

`In my view, this is the most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent and reliable account of post-war modern history on the market.'
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First published in 1968, World Politics since 1945 is a classic and authoritative study of contemporary political history that has helped to divert, educate, and inform two generations of political scientists, historians and general readers. The ninth edition has been expanded and updated to take into account the developments of the last 10 years, including the ugly incursions of global terrorism; the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan; the accelerating emergence of India and China as major powers; the major political developments in Latin America; the march of globalisation; the expansion eastwards of the European Union; instability in the Middle East; and the vexed question of oil and energy supplies.

The book has long been a staple of bookshelves and reading lists across the world, and provides a reliable and interconnected account of the great sweeps of contemporary history. Marked throughout by Calvocoressi’s characteristic erudition and elegance, it will continue to be essential reading for students of international politics and for all of those who simply wish to understand better the path the world has taken since the end of the Second World War.

“The book compels admiration for its thoroughness, its scope, the masterly ordering of its immense material.”
The Sunday Times

“This is a famous book, and has been for forty years, as it has grown steadily in scope and colour. Ninety-something per cent of political commentary is cribbed and confined by a lack of historical and geographical context. Here, for once, are the dots joined, the movements explained and the details returned to the world-sized landscape.”
Andrew Marr

“Peter Calvocoressi's book is an invaluable guide to global politics since the Second World War. It has reminded me of things I had forgotten and taught me things I did not know.  I will be a constant user of this interesting book.”
Chris Patten

“Lucid narrative, coherent structure and an enlightened liberal viewpoint.”
Sir Con O’Neill, The Observer

“This is the most lucid, comprehensive, intelligent, and  reliable account of post-war modern history on the market.”
Teaching Politics

“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 Sir Lawrence Freedman.

About the author
Peter Calvocoressi, a distinguished figure in the field of International Relations, was born in 1912 and educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a First in History. He was called to the Bar in 1935. During the Second World War he worked in Ultra intelligence at Bletchley Park and later attended the Nuremberg trials. Since then he has divided his time between publishing and international affairs.

In the post-war period he succeeded Arnold Toynbee as author of the annual Survey of International Affairs. He was a partner in Chatto & Windus and the Hogarth Press and Chief Executive of Penguin Books. He has been a reader in International Affairs at the University of Sussex and has served on the Councils of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Amnesty International, and on the UN Sub-Committee on Discrimination and Minorities. He has been chairman of the London Library and the Africa Bureau.

In addition to this he is, of course, the author of many books, including the Penguin History of the Second World War; Fall Out: World War Two and the Shaping of Post-war Europe; A Time for Peace; Top Secret Ultra, a memoir of his time at Bletchley Park;Nuremberg: The Facts, the Law and the Consequences; and Threading My Way.

 

 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2010
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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 13 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.
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This is a wonderful piece of wise, balanced scholarship that is a delight to read. It well avoids theoretical simplifications and is subtle in its handling of 'theory' (which is present as a thread in the commentary), yet still remains penetrating and comprehensive. Thoroughly recommended.
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A great tomb written with authority by a great historian. I wholeheartedly recommend reading this book. Unfortunately, I haven't read it all yet, and can't comment on my overall opinion, but I can say it is succinct and well written to qualify for five stars.
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