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The Penguin Dictionary of International Relations (Reference) Paperback – January 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0140513974 ISBN-10: 0140513973

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  • Series: Reference
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140513973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140513974
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graham Evans, currently Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea, has published extensively on international affairs. His previous works include The Dictionary of World Politics, written with Jeffrey Newnham.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dennis wentraub on May 3, 2003
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The specialized and highly referential language of serious studies in international relations and foreign policy demands a great deal of the unschooled student of these subjects. This is why I strongly recommend this companion resource. Evans and Newnham have written a necessary and highly readable guide to the events, terminology, and ideas that form the basis of studies in these and related fields today. The entries are arranged alphabetically with each topical mini-essay extensively cross-referencing its contents. An ambitious reader could easily spend hours bouncing randomly throughout the book following down ideas and phrases marked in the previous entry. While not intended to be read from cover-to-cover, it is a pleasant and informative exercise, because the entries are coherently developed essays with no shortage of detail. First published in 1998, Penguin should now consider a revision. After the events of September 11th, 2001, it seems a bit odd to read an entry on terrorism that is even a bit shorter than one on the Olympic Games. Perhaps a new edition of this fine book will note President George W. Bush's commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point (June, 2002), and how it evolves the notion of America's Cold War reliance on deterrence and containment to a policy of pre-emptive deterrence as seen in the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
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Being a student of International Relations I really enjoyed this book. Incredibly up-to-date, this is probably the best reference book on the subject. I would also recommend Findlin's "Dictionary of American Diplomatic History" that makes with the penguin dictionary the two essencial books in any IR library. Buy it. You won't regret it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maurizio Giuliano on August 16, 2002
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Just like the Penguin Dictionary to 20th Century History, and many other manuals in the same series, this book is extremely precious - if not indispensable - for all those studying or needing to have some grasp of international relations and international history. It is of great use for scholars, who may need to refresh their knowledge on one or the other subject, the details of which they might not remember just off their head. While it is also of crucial use to beginners, who may wish to approach their study of international relations with the aid of this truly comprehensive book, offering information and explanations in a rigorous, yet truly easy-to-read, fashion. The entries are dense and concise at the same time, ensuring maximum time-efficiency, thus enabling a speedy and smooth look-up of information. The coverage is of course excellent, covering the globe, and every topic under the field. All in all, it is a book that cannot be missing from the personal stacks of anyone working in this field.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
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As an international relations student, I constantly see new words and ideas that my undergrad degree left me unprepared for. This book solves all those problems. If I could go back in time, I would have bought it sooner. The book is wonderful. Yes, it does have the term you are looking for...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gobind Swamy on July 9, 2003
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One of the best reference sources for those baffled by the complexities of international relations. I highly recommend this book for the serious undergraduate or graduate student and the ardent current affirs buff. This is undoubtedly a trusted and reliable reference source, one you can turn to to gain an increased understanding of IR. Written in highly readable manner, this book certainly doubles as a complete idiots guide to IR.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David A. Baer VINE VOICE on December 31, 2007
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Edited by two British academics, this superb reference tool has quickly found pride of place near my elbow at the location where I think and write. Smallish but crystal-clear fontwork allows hundreds of concise, well-edited articles to fill up just over six hundred pages in complement with a rather full bibliography.

An intense cross-referencing system leads the reader productively from article to related article, allowing for either a quick dip into the material or an extended foray.

I withhold the fifth star in this review not because of any intrinsic defect in the book but rather because events since 1999 make an update almost obligatory.

Although intended as a single-consult reference dictionary, this work actually makes for an enjoyable extended read.

Kudos to Penguin for producing an eminently useful small dictionary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
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This is Not an edited collection. Evans and Newnham composed and wrote the entries---over 700 in all. So please alter your description in advert Yours in frustration, Graham Evans (author)
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