Although there are many books on International Relations, at Aberdeen we suggest that you start your adventure with ir with one or two of the following. They are all used in the first year




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Although there are many books on International Relations, at Aberdeen we suggest that you start your adventure with IR with one or two of the following. They are all used in the first year:


Trevor C. Salmon and Mark F.Imber eds, Issues in International Relations, (Routledge 2008 2nd ed.)


This is first year text for those who have not studied International Relations. It takes students by the hand in an examination of the subject and gives a beginner’s introduction to concepts and theoretical terms. There are also topical examples and cases to illustrate the points being made. Half of the chapters are written by academics who currently teach or have taught in Aberdeen.


Joseph S. Nye,Understanding International Conflicts, (Pearson 2006 6th ed)

Nye's best-selling text has been completely updated with new discussions about Middle East politics, including the Israel-Palestine dispute and the Iraq war, terrorism in general and radical Islamic terrorism in particular, the global politics of oil, and much more. Replete with illustrative examples and written in a lively, engaging manner, this is a brief, inexpensive book that students will buy and actually enjoy reading! It deftly balances theory and history to help students develop a well-rounded, informed framework for analyzing the international issues confronting us at the beginning of the 21st Century.


William R. Keylor ,The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond :An International History since 1900

(OUP 2006 5th ed.)


The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History Since 1900 , explores the history of modern relations between the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The book's unique analytical framework which focuses on the relationships between these countries rather than on their individual histories helps readers to easily examine how the nations of the world have interacted since the beginning of the last century. Extensively revised in this fifth edition, The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond reflects the latest scholarship. The new edition addresses such issues as refugees and stateless persons, human rights, the environment, and the events of September 11, 2001. Updated to include the war on terrorism, military action in Iraq, and the causes and consequences of globalization, this edition also explores the expanding role of non-governmental organizations, the threat of AIDS to world order, narcotics trafficking, and environmental degradation.


Once you feel confident about the basis of IR, you might want to try


John Baylis, Steve Smith,, Patricia Owens (Eds) The Globalization of World Politics

(OUP 2008 4th ed)


An accessible and bang up-to-date study which blends theory and practice through well-focussed and integrated chapters dealing with key international issues in the new millenium.


OR


Chris Brown with Kirsten Ainsley ,Understanding International Relations,

(Macmillan, 2005 3rd ed)


The text succeeds in giving a clear account of all the main theoretical possibilities and, in a non-judgemental but not uncritical way, setting them in context. No book is more likely to succeed in persuading a sceptical undergraduate - someone convinced of the existence of a self-evident world of facts - that not only is a knowledge of theory necessary to understand international relations, but it is fun.

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