Theories of International Politics and Zombies
What would happen to international politics if the dead rose from the grave and started to eat the living? Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to...more
Ever since I first heard about the book, I'd been envisioning a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic or absurdist attitude; instead, the author is almost apologetic about writing such a book, repeatedly explaining why he dared to bring these topics together and ...more
Drezner's preface to the book uses a Graceland tour guide as the analogy to what his treatise hopes to be; and it works. His posits are well researched and plausible - even though he is dealing with a subject matter pure fiction. Yes, h ...more
Intention behind reading this book, and the book as well, was to make International Political theories interesting for a casual reader, under the pretext of hypothetical apocalypse involving flesh-eating ghouls. Author demonstrates rigorous scholarship in defining zombies, using movies and social science literature as data source on events akin to an attack of the undead: pandemics, disasters, bio-t ...more
Problem is, I think it made a much more interesting and funnier interview than it did a book. It's ...more
This was a great overview of the various theories of international politics... I had read most of the theory parts before my IR class started, so I was going into this with a bit of a blind eye. However Drezner summarizes the main aspects and points of the theories quite well at the beginnings of each chapter. Looking through my IR book at their definitions, I can certainly see why this book was written! But once each theory started being broken down into zombie terms and how each type ...more
But what will our leaders do? How will nations act when cross-border zombie infiltration and infection becomes a problem?
This book looks to answer those questions. By surveying popular media portrayals of zombies and human responses and combining that data with leading ...more
It lost me completely when it started showed a picture of a woman in a miniskirt, holding a zombie head on a spike while talking on a cellphone and feeding fast food to a five year old, with the caption "Debates about whether women can “have it all” are likely to persist during the ...more
All kidding aside, this is a brilliant work on internationals relations theory. It takes a subject which can easily be boring, dry, and borderline incomprehensible to anyone outside the field and makes it fascinating, hilarious, and incredibly accessible to the layman. I would advise anyone with interest in international politics (or in zombies!) to give it a read.
Further, its focus was much more on zombies, and less on the basics of international relations that I was hoping for.
This book is a tongue-in-cheek textbook whose humor consists of repeating the same joke over ...more
A short but fact filled journey through the different situations that would likely occur if the Zombie apocalypse ever came.
If you're thinking that this can teach you something about real world scenarios, then you would be right. It is a good by for a first year I.R student.
Cum ar reacționa statele dacă mâine planeta ar fi invadată de o armată de zombies, animată de intenții malefice? Daca se potrivește acest termen, mă rog. Dincolo de semantica morților-vii, se pun probleme fundamentale: ar lua sfârșit civilizația sau umanitatea poate găsi resursele necesare pentru supraviețuire? Ne poate ajuta disciplina relațiilor internaționale să identificăm probl ...more
I sprinted through this one in two or three sittings. Definitely check this line out. How would different IR systems react to the dead returning to life? Why do we focus on zombies leading to an imminent Apocalypse- can policy interventions stem the tide? If these questions interest you at all this book is up your alley.
This is mostly a book about various political theories. I must admit up front that my tolerance for pure theory is pretty low. Rawl's veil of ignorance ...more
Drezner aplica o mesmo raciocínio às ...more
This book was recommended to us from our tutor for international relations. I thought I'd give it a try, since studying the theories was mandatory to pass the corresponding class. It explains the basic ideas behind the theories very clearly and is also written in way that is easily to read. I also liked a lot that the author really implemented the ...more
Nevertheless I am not quite sure whether I can recommend this (fabulous!) peace of work to “outsiders”. I can imagine that some IR-students in their first/second semester might enjoy Daniles original theory applications. And to be honest, even after 4 years on the university it still makes fun to read what would Moravcsik/Waltz/… say to the fact that there are zombies outside w ...more
I did not like the discuss of gender theory however. I like discussing gender in politics when it comes to lo ...more