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    Keith L. Shimko(Author)

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Engaging and highly accessible, this reader-friendly text features broad coverage of key principles of international relations, providing a thorough introduction to the discipline while avoiding excessive detail and complexity. International Relations: Perspectives, Controversies, and Readings, Fifth Edition, explores essential concepts such as power politics, war and democracy, human nature, free trade, inequality, globalization, humanitarian intervention, and terrorism. Each chapter features brief, topical coverage presented within a debate framework, challenging you to think critically, consider diverse perspectives, and apply what you have learned to real-world scenarios. The author also includes current, relevant primary source readings, giving you firsthand exposure to the materials and ideas shaping international relations today. Thoroughly revised, the Fifth Edition of this popular text features updated content in nearly every chapter, including the most recent statistics, research, trends, theories, and examples drawn from today's headlines, including chemical weapons in Syria, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the debate over climate change and global resources.

"Shimko provides a topical approach to international relations and hits on such hot-button issues as power politics, human nature, free trade, globalization, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and the global commons. It is concise, but deep enough to allow students to engage fully without being intimidated by heft or haughtiness.""I prefer Shimko because (a) its length is shorter than most other texts, not drowning students in less important information; and (b) it is better-written than most other texts because the author addresses students in the second person, and (c) important questions are addressed in a way that is understandable to introductory-level students." Keith L. Shimko, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science at Purdue University. He has taught Introduction to International Relations since 1990 and has won several school and university-wide teaching awards. Dr. Shimko is the author of IMAGES AND ARMS CONTROL: PERCEPTIONS OF THE SOVIET UNION IN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION (Michigan, 1991), which was named a CHOICE outstanding academic book and received the Lynne-Reinner/Quincy Wright Award, as well as THE IRAQ WARS AND AMERICA'S MILITARY REVOUTION (Cambridge, 2010). He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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  • Keith L. Shimko(Author)
  • Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (January 1, 2015)
  • English
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  • By YGOfan02 on May 5, 2014

    This book was very helpful in my World Politics class for it not only described some perspectives of international law but also compared each of them on the same topic. I'm glad I bought this book, because it helped me significantly on my project papers and exams.

  • By Guest on August 19, 2016

    This arrived in great quality. Very happy with it.

  • By Chef Flowers on September 16, 2013

    This book was required for one of my classes in political science. If you need to understand the basics of International Relations (IR) and develop your terminology in field, this is great book. It will take you through the where IR thought has come from and the terms that have developed from these areas without it being boring and textual. This is a great book for beginners, who want to know more about politics. It provides the basic foundation to much of what other political science scholars use throughout their careers or come across. Easy reading, with some more modern issues of thoughts on particular subjects laid in the end of chapters - if you want to apply the readings to modern US Foreign Policy issues.

  • By Guest on February 21, 2017

    I'm renting this for my international politics class, and I like it so far. It has the information that would cover the basic understanding of politics. The content is simply to understand at college level reading. Recommend to rent, not buy unless you prefer to!!

  • By Lalitha on February 9, 2017

    It's a great textbook and helped a lot in my course. A little worn out because I bought it used, but hey, they'll give you amazon credit for it so it's cool!

  • By Kpoppandalover on January 29, 2015

    Got the book. Minimal writing throughout the book. Some water damage for the first 20 pgs or so, and the most corners of the pages are damaged or folded. Pretty decent. Not the best. But it's still better than paying $108 for it....

  • By Guest on October 26, 2017

    Quite helpful for international relations class

  • By Guest on January 9, 2017

    Book was in awesome condition when I received it. Easy to return!


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