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Conflict After the Cold War: Arguments on Causes of War and Peace
Edited by one of the most renowned scholars in the field, Richard Betts' Conflict After the Cold War assembles classic and contemporary readings that argue about the shape of international conflict in this post-Cold War and post-9/11 era. Contextualized within a broader philosophical and historical context, the carefully chosen and excerpted selections in this popular read...more
Paperback, 654 pages
Published July 23rd 2007 by Longman Publishing Group
(first published September 1st 1993)
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A really fantastic compilation of formative work in IR and the theory of human conflict. Betts, a realist scholar, takes a representative sample of realist work and applies it against a selection of liberal (or institututionalist) work. An excellent first start in IR theory.
Read the 3rd edition of this for a "Global Conflict, Global Health" class. Post Cold War international relations theory is intense. Betts puts together a collection of works by all the essential theorists like Fukuyama, Mearsheimer, Huntington, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Wilson, and some other big names. It's really helping me round out my views on power, realism, idealism, sovereignty, and the role of liberal democratic society in the world. Fortunately for the reader, the reader can make some basic...more
May 29, 2012 Mick rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
An excellent reader on the nature and causes of modern conflict, compiling essays reflecting all the major schools of thought on the subject. I have found this indispensable as a textbook in international relations.