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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best concise reference of world affairs since 1945, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in Every Respect, 10 Jun 2013
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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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