Essential Readings in World Politics
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Essential Readings in World Politics

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The perfect supplement to Essentials of International Relations, this superb collection expands upon Mingst's text and complements all the books in the series. Designed to bridge the textbook and the series, Essential Readings in World Politics follows an efficient organizing principle: each chapter includes one seminal reading, a pair of readings that take up the same to...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2001)
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John Rivera
Pretty good reader that accompanies Essentials of International Relations
by Karen A. Mingst. Covers a variety of perspectives and theories fairly well (could use more articles on realism by IR theorists such as Waltz, modern democratic peace theories like those by Christensen, and good decision-making theory work by theorists such as Allison). It does fall heavily short on decision-making theories that focus on bureaucratic models (hence a need for a theorist like Allison). There are also a few...more
Ike Sharpless
I'll be using this as a supplement for my upcoming Intro to IR class. Essays I'm planning to assign:

-Jack Snyder, "One World, Rival Theories"
-Thucydides, "Melian Dialogue"
-George F. Kennan "The Sources of Soviet Conduct"
-Hans Morgenthau, "A Realist Theory of International Politics" (Mearsheimer optional)
-Michael Doyle, "Liberalism and World Politics"
-Alexander Wendt, "Anarchy is what States Make of it"
-J. Ann Tickner, "Man, the State, and War: Gendered Perspectives on National Security"
-Sam Hunt...more
It was a collection of essays on international relations. Some where informative and interesting, others were too long and convoluted to be enjoyable. Obviously important because these essays are the basis for a lot of political thought today.
Actually a very good textbook. With essential speeches and documents on politics from all time periods such as the Greek Wars, The Cold War, and our current Age of Terrorism. Contains all the essentials for students of politics.
Love this collection- definitely would recommend for any student of International Relations (being a student of IR myself). Some of the entries are absolute beasts to get through, but the breadth of topics is top notch.
Dec 17, 2007 Christian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: IR enthusiasts
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this is a good complimentary book to the mingst book on IR. thankfully, this is a more upbeat read. good compilation of essays.
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