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A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195337573
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"A remarkable book . . . Anyone who wants to understand the history of the world we now live in has to begin somewhere, and there is no better or more up-to-date place to start than with this book."--Marc Trachtenberg, UCLA


"Keylor's new text on the post-1945 world elegantly and succinctly captures the rapidly changing character of the international system of the Cold War period and beyond."--Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University


"William Keylor has written an impressive, panoramic study of the international order since 1945 that surpasses other accounts in terms of depth, analytical richness, and finely-crafted regional histories . . . its sheer scope is breathtaking."--Nathan Citino, Colorado State University


"William Keylor makes international diplomatic history a pleasure to read. He writes with grace and style, but best of all, he synthesizes a complex fifty years into a comprehensive and comprehensible framework. This will become the standard text for the period."--Robert Art, Brandeis University


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William R. Keylor received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D in history from Columbia University. He is Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University, where he chaired its Department of History from 1988 to 2000 and currently directs its International History Institute. He has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and Earhart Fellowships, was elected to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and was named Chevalier de L'Ordre National du M'érite by the French government. He is author or editor of several books and articles on the history of international relations and the history of modern France, including The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History Since 1900, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2006), Encyclopedia of the Modern World (2005), and The Legacy of The Great War: Peacemaking 1919 (1998).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195337573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195337570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did order this book for my college history class. I'm not a native English speaker and I was not born or raised in the USA. Keylor offers easy to read and understand detailed explanation of the main world events after 1945 from the "Western/American" point of view. I found this book very informative and honest. Despite the fact that "A World of Nations" doesn't analyze too much the influence of cultural and technological revolutions, it is a great book to help readers understand situation of today's world as a result of decisions made in the past. A couple of my classmates who are high school teachers expressed their wishes this book were available to the American high school students countrywide.
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Keylor's "World of Nations" is one of many titles that covers the post-WWII era of international relations and is frequently used in college courses delving into that subject, although it is a fine read on its own. In both respects Keylor's book is a very good choice as it covers the topic in good detail, foregoing a straight chronological organization and opting instead to cover the era by various regions such as Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. While that can lead to some repetition and redundancy Keylor's prose is particularly good at holding the readers attention and he writes in a very straightforward direct manner. The result is a book that is a very good survey of this era, but one that uncovers little that is new or previously unknown. Keylor includes a lengthy listing of books on specific topics and subjects in the appendix for readers interested in learning more on a particular subject as well which I found to be most helpful. Considering the other titles out there on this subject "World of Nations" is a very good starting point and highly recommended.
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Although this was purchased just for a college course, I enjoyed the reading.
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