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East, West, North, South: Major Developments in International Relations Since 1945 Paperback – January 26, 2005

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ISBN-13: 978-1412907484 ISBN-10: 1412907489 Edition: 5th

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'International relations textbooks share a similar risk of always speaking in the same voice. Not because of multi-handling, but instead thanks to a frequently impenetrable, introverted discourse

about theory. This makes Geir Lundestad’s book so welcome. He pays due homage to the important contribution of theory in the development of International Relations as a discipline, while escaping the standard focus on realism, liberalism and constructivism. Instead, he uses various branches of explanatory theory to provide an invaluable survey of world history after 1945'

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 5th edition (January 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412907489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412907484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Here is a recap of world history since 1945. Revolving around the Cold War. The focus is on the US-Soviet Union up to 1990, and on the US-Russia relations after that. The chapters are not in chronological order. Mainly because there is a chapter on decolonisation that fits awkwardly into the overall layout of the text. It is very difficult to write about world history in this time without splitting off various topics into different chapters, that span different times.

The "North, South" of the title refers to the developed and developing countries. Despite this prominent equivalence to the "East, West" of the Cold War, only 2 chapters out of 12 are about north-south issues. This relative underplaying may be correct, given the overriding central aspect of the Cold War.

China and its massive economic gains since 1979 gets relatively little discussion, and mostly in those 2 chapters on north-south. Future editions of this book might want to devote more space to China.
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