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A comprehensive introductory text to International Relations
on 6 October 2001
I liked this book because it explained the various theories and traditions that make up the discipline of International Relations. It covers Realism, Liberalism, and International Society and also discusses issues within the International Political Economy. The book examines the theories strong sides, weaknesses and limitations. It also shows how the theories sometimes overlap. In this respect, it forms a solid foundation for anyone interested in the pursuit if IR studies. I especially liked the book as it gives illustrations and recent case studies. This makes it interesting and demonstrates how the theories behind world politics are linked to actual events. It brings the theories to life. Jackson and Sorensen have included boxes and charts to make show comparisons and highlight key elements. It is also a useful text for students because each chapter contains a list of key points and study questions that help focus the main points of the chapter. Furthermore, there is a guide to further reading. This enables the reader to go beyond the basic issues, do further research and obtain an in-depth knowledge. I would highly recommend this as a basic text for anyone who is interested in current affairs and way our global political system works.