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on 24 February 2001
I think that this is an excellent book. I wholly recomend that you go out and get it. I am a first year at university and I have used this book. It deals in depth with international relations theory in a clear and concise way. It's not mind boggling at all, it is written in a way that is easy to understand. At the end of each chapter it summarises the arguments for and against in bullet points which comes in handy when you are revising. One thing that sets it apart from some of the other recomended texts (for those venturing into the unknown world of international relations) is that it doesn't focus entirely on theory, because as a frist year you are likely to cover other subjects as well. It deals with theory in the first few chapters but as the book progresses it deals with other issues, but does still emphasise the theoretical standpoints which is also handy for revision. It is a good all round book that uses great examples to help you relate to and understand the subject better.
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on 11 July 2013
Generally an overall good book literally, but the binding itself is horrible. You have to break the back to make use of it, and reading is uncomfortable in the first some 50 pages, and last 50 pages; and the inner margins are way too small. The sections of globalization is the worst part of the book, which is unclear, omitting, somewhat contradicting and biased.
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on 17 January 2012
For anyone studying International Relations at university I highly recommend this textbook. It reviews all of the major theoretical approaches (Realism, liberalism, neo-realism, neo-liberalism, social constructivism, Marxism etc.) but is also more up to date on recent theoretical developments and allows more room for alternative or dissident views (poststructuralism, postmodernism, critical theory, feminist perspectives, etc). It has a huge range of chapters on contemporary issues and is well structured to make digestion of the information easier (division into appropriate sub-tops, recall boxes, case study boxes and so on). Its only weakness is that it tends to oversimplify certain concepts and ideas but that is a charge that could probably be levelled at most undergraduate textbooks.
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on 24 January 2013
Again I purchased this for university, and this textbook has come up several times, and is still useful in modules where it isn't recommended reading. It's also a good book if you just want to develop an understanding or IR.
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on 2 June 2013
I had to read this book for a class, but was pleasantly surprised by its quality and student-friendless. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to international relations. I highly recommend this book, not just to students of politics, but also to people interested in globalization and world politics in general.
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on 28 December 2012
Probably one the best books to start studying International Relations thanks to its clear structure and language. The parts have been improved and expanded by new edition so it covers most of the stuff you might need.
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on 17 May 2013
As a non-academic this is a well structured and easy to digest publication that takes the reader through the issues surrounding world politics in bite size chunks. the summary boxes are excellent as is the additional on line support provided.
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on 15 November 2011
Is a good book, easy to read, pictures good. some difficult words but clear and concise. End of chapter summaries and well written
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on 25 September 2012
I purchased this book mainly for its good value. As a University student, its always a mission to find affordable textbooks that aren't covered in highlighted patches! Very good quality and very fast delivery. Would thoroughly recommend.
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on 7 March 2012
This book is OK but over-simplistic in places and strangely patronising than others. For example, is [...] this diagram really necessary to explain a really basic concept? Also the price is a bit much, and buying second-hand is likely to make it a better-value purpose.
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