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Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions, Ideas Paperback – Student Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0872899247 ISBN-10: 0872899241 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 541 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872899241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872899247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In a crowded field, Henry Nau's textbook stands out in presenting theoretical material in a nuanced and accessible manner while at the same time offering comprehensive coverage of the major issues in world politics. The book succeeds brilliantly in distilling cutting-edge scholarship in a way that is readily accessible to all undergraduates who are exposed to the study of international relations for the first time." --- Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Perspectives on International Relations provides a lucid, multidimensional introduction to the intriguing ambiguities of world politics. It should help students not only to understand contemporary international relations, but to develop their own interpretations to guide their future understanding of this rapidly changing subject." --- Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

"Henry Nau has produced an outstanding textbook. Its great virtue is that it neatly and smartly employs the leading international relations theories to explain key historical events and to evaluate contemporary policy debates. Students will learn much from this nicely crafted book." - --John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

"Perspectives on International Relations provides a lucid, multidimensional introduction to the intriguing ambiguities of world politics. It should help students not only to understand contemporary international relations, but to develop their own interpretations to guide their future understanding of this rapidly changing subject." --- Robert O. Keohane, Princeton University

"Henry Nau has produced an outstanding textbook. Its great virtue is that it neatly and smartly employs the leading international relations theories to explain key historical events and to evaluate contemporary policy debates. Students will learn much from this nicely crafted book." --- John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

About the Author

Henry R. Nau has taught political science and served in government for more than thirty years. He is currently Professor of Political Science and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, specializing in international relations and U.S. foreign policy.

From 1981 to 1983, he served on the National Security Council as senior director responsible for international economic affairs. He also served, between 1975 and 1977, as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the Department of State. In 1977 he received the State Department's Superior Honor Award.

His books include At Home Abroad: Identity and Power in American Foreign Policy; Trade and Security: U.S. Policies at Cross-Purposes; The Myth of America's Decline: Leading the World Economy into the 1990s; and National Politics and International Technology: Nuclear Reactor Developments in Western Europe.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By General Chaos on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Nau has written a very useful text for introductory IR courses. He is able to utilize IR theories simply and interweave them with more far-ranging hIstory than most texts. I also appreciate that the new "touchy feely" topics that Enlarge most intro texts are kept to a minimum.

The previous reviewer is correct that it is written at a fairly simple level, but when teaching students who have no background in IR this is strength not a weakness. The cure for this is to supplement this text with an edited volume reader the exposes students to real and more complex arguments. This text coiuld usefully be teamed up with either the Art & Jervis or the Betts readers to great effect.

It also exhibits admirable balance between topics. The theoretical versus empirical balance is good, as is the security versus IPE balance.

The other strength is that CQ press has avoided the "USA Today" photo color pages that makes texts so expensive. By sticking to three color graphics this text does not break the bank.

In my experience students do best when they have one sources that is easily accesible and then are challeneged by more complex material. This text is an excellent candidate for that accesible source.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By olgavision on July 1, 2009
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Got this book for a class. It is not terribly well written ~ some chapters are entirely too convoluted and confusing, and make it impossible to learn anything! The information is not presented in a clear fashion, and the concepts are not comprehensively explained. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and I am having to consult extracurricular sources to actually learn the material.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fabricepurchase on June 17, 2008
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I found it to be a wonderful international relations theory textbook, very well targeted at its audience compared to some of the other international relations theory textbooks I came across. Its merit, especially for the undergraduate body, is that it is mostly through examples that the major IR theories are taught. Liberal, realist and constructivist explanations are presented for each of the following: WWI, WWII, the Cold War - beginning & end, Globalization (several chapters, including rise of the West and of Asia), global security and global governance. Graduate students may learn a thing or two as well. Very well balanced and well done. Oh, and it got a good review by Robert Keohane, Peter Katzenstein AND John Mearsheimer (see back cover).
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By Erica O. on July 18, 2011
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I used this book for my literature review for my Masters Thesis, and it was very thorough and self explanatory. I highly recommend it to everyone in the field.
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