Henry R. Nau's bestselling book is admired for its even-handed presentation of realism, liberalism, constructivism, and critical theory - and for expertly applying those perspectives in every chapter. It helps students to explore the ways in which these different perspectives shape our understanding of the root causes of historical events and current controversies in world affairs, and learn to think critically. The new Sixth Edition includes updates on Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump and other populist leaders, and continuing developments for ISIS, Syria, and Russia.
Introduction: Why We Disagree about International Relations
Chapter 1: How to Think about International Relations: Perspectives, Levels of Analysis, and Causal Arrows
Part I: Historical Patterns
Chapter 2: World War I: World on Fire
Chapter 3: World War II: Why Did War Happen Again?
Chapter 4: The Origins and End of the Cold War
Part II: The Contemporary International System
Chapter 5: Realist Perspectives on Today’s World: Unipolarity, Balance of Power, and State Actors
Chapter 6: Liberal Perspectives on Today’s World: Collective Security, Diplomacy, International Institutions, and Law
Chapter 7: Identity Perspectives on Today’s World: Democracy, Religion, Nationalism, and Human Rights
Part III: Globalization and Change
Chapter 8: Realist and Liberal Perspectives on Globalization: Trade, Investment, and Finance
Chapter 9: Identity Perspectives on Globalization: Development and Environment
Chapter 10: Critical Theory Perspectives on Globalization: Inequality, Imperialism, and Injustice
Conclusion: Applying Perspectives and Levels of Analysis: The Case of the Democratic Peace