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Contending Theories of International Relations: A Comprehensive Survey

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The most comprehensive and inclusive survey and synthesis available on the subject, this book makes the rich, ever-evolving complexity of IR theories accessible and fascinating for readers. Widely acclaimed for its vast scope, engaging writing style, and abundant citation of reference sources, the Fifth Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the various ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published August 19th 2000 by Pearson (first published February 1st 1971)
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Steven Peterson
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Way back when, I taught courses in international politics at Alfred University (in Western New York). This book was a nice resource, helping me develop lectures in a variety of perspectives on international relations.

The value of the book? It's description of an array of theories as to how world politics operates. Among the views: environmental theories, realist theory, systems theory, economic theories of imperialism and war, nuclear deterrence theory, integration, decision-making theories, and
Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very dense read, but thorough.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this edition, but one of the earlier one, which was issued in mid 90s. It's an eye-opening book for international relations students back then. I don't know whether it's still "a must read book" among international relations scholar nowadays.

Pfaltzgraff and Dougherty delivered the book in a clear and concise manner.
Victoria Lie
This book was the worst and greatest thing. So many late nights with this baby, I almost miss it. Very dense but all the more thorough. Most treasured resource when I wrote my thesis on American Foreign Policy in regards to Syria as an undergrad.

I usually don't add books I've read for academic purposes here, but this one is special.
Jenna Nichols
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Very thorough, but very very dense and very dry.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Great reference book!
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