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Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Written by renowned international relations expert Joseph S. Nye, this lively book gives readers the background in history and political concepts they need to understand the issues facing our world today: the war in Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran, and much more. Origins of the Great Twentieth-Century Conflicts; Balance ...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 276 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1993)
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Wissam Raji
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
In his book, Nye gives the logic of global conflict and cooperation starting with the consequences of Westphalia on global cooperation to overcome European feudalism and strengthen the concept of the state. He continues to argue about the imbalance of cooperation and the balance of power theory that existed in Europe prior to WWI as well as WWII, Cold War and the current era of the war on terror. As a neoliberal, the author uses evaluation concepts from Kenneth Waltz in determining reasons that ...more
Zoe Elizabeth
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school
I have to admit, for a textbook this was a great one!
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of the other reviewers have pointed out, this book is really well written, and reading it was a breeze. It is essentially a introduction to the field of International Relations, but it eschews the common format seen in other textbooks, and is better off for it.

Rather than having a bunch of chapters on each theoretical branch, and then moving on to theoretically uniformed discussions of major global issues like most textbooks, Nye introduces the mainstream theories (realism, liberalism
Diogo Jesus
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very useful and simple manual for students (in a broad sense) of international relations without losing quality. Well divided, questions clearly exposed and answers supported by good historical examples in order to understand the theory. Truly like a class, exposing each way to view important matters and a real effort to avoid beeing dogmatic.
The few questions at the end of each chapter and some suggested bibliography contribute to self-check if we understood and reflect about what was taugh
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for a class. This was a great little introduction to international politics. It is substantial enough to give a good grasp of concepts, but written for a novice audience. After presenting ideas, it employs case studies to show their working out in practical terms. Recommended for those with an interest in international affairs/relations.
Dũng Bùi
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Một cuốn sách cơ bản nhưng đầy đủ về chính trị quốc tế. Cuốn sách nên được in ấn rộng rãi và trở thành kiến thức nền tảng cho mọi người.
Yngve Skogstad
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An introduction to international relations theory that I found easy to read, yet offering the discipline the respect it deserves. Unlike most textbooks, the theoretical presentation of the different IR schools is very brief. Only the first 80 pages are dedicated to basic theory of the discipline, yet the authors still find space to discuss the ethics of IR theory, a segment I personally really enjoyed. Joseph Nye, perhaps best known as a co-founder of the school of neoliberalism, does a surprisi ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason grad schools (full disclosure--I taught from it, too) use this text to give students a grasp on international relations. Nye's use of the 3 big lenses--Constructivism, Liberalism, and Realism (more disclosure; if you put a jug of CLR cleaner on the podium in front of your class, they'll remember them forever)--to explain how nation-states have got along from the Peloponnesian War forward, is the best and most accessible method going, in my opinion. Nye's application of this meth ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: globalization
Like others have said, this is a must-read book for those who are in the international relations field or who are studying international relations!

This is an academic book that is extremely easy to read which is always enjoyable when you come upon such a rarity in the world of boring academic books. I can say with certainty that it changed my perspective on a lot of issues. This is not to say that the boom changed my own political views, but it dives deep into other world views that allow you to
Sebuah buku pengantar yang bahasanya jernih. Kupasannya untuk sebuah pengantar sangat baik dari seorang akademisi yang pernah menjadi penasihat Presiden AS. Namun untuk topik international conflicts sebaiknya jangan puas hanya dengan buku ini.

Menurut Nye sendiri, buku ini merupakan bagian dari upayanya menjawab polemik seputar dokumen yang dibuatnya ketika menjabat sebagai staff penasihat Presiden Bill Clinton. Saya menemukan sejumput informasi di "The ‘Nye Report’: Six Years Later”, (Internatio
Ewan Harrison
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Head and shoulders the best IR textbook and will remain so well into the future. While accessible to less able students, it can stretch and challenge the very best of them at all levels. I still after over 10 years of assigning it and knowing the book like the back of my hand have students cite passages that teach me things. Not sure how Nye managed to pull this off. Pity about all the editions though. First edition was the best!
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir, favorites
This is [still:] one of the best introduction to the study International Relation. It discusses many wars of the world from Peloponessian era up to Bush's War of Iraq. By learning these stuff, definitely one will acquire horizon of ideas and grasp the complexity of international politics. It will launch you to study more about IR. Readble & Indispensable.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives a general overview to understand the conflicts between nations. Basically it is an academic book, hence a bit exhaustive. Honestly did not read the entire book (maybe 2/3rds) but was quite informative for a novice like myself.
Corey Cowan
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good introductory book for a student in International Relations. Nye gives adequate explanations of realism, liberalism, and constructivisim. Overall a good book with several theories used to explain historical events and their failures.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Also a book I had to read for a class - but so glad that I did. An extremely thorough yet easy to understand account of the history and future of international politics. It never read like a text book. I know I will refer to this book often!
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Good short introduction to the basic concepts of international conflicts. Do not expect to learn too much history, the book is rather an introduction to the analytical toolbox you need when going more in depth other places. Very readable.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book seems to be often adopted as a text for the science field on international relation. I'm an engineer. But it is interesting and comprehensible to laymen in this field. Every theory is described based on well-known historical cases.
Jonathan Flack
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Highly readable.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, great explanations. Did not feel like a textbook.
Anna Groves
Great introduction to the basic theories of international relations. Clearly worded, well organized, and very readable.
Ismail Kurun
nice book to have a general understanding of internatinal relations from a liberalist view
Jun 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must for students of International Relations! It is well written. It combines history and theory all at once. Professor Nye successfully prove that he is the best in his field.
This is an interesting book which deals with very important events that shaped the 20 century.

Ismail Khejjou
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
buku dari masa kuliah yang paling sering dibaca karena sering dipakai untuk bikin paper he..he...he...
Kirk Bower
Well structured, but covers too much info in such a compact book.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty good sum of history.
Machala Machala
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
It's a good book, but I think it's no the best work of Nye. I'd rather read "Power and interdependence".
Joe Reap
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strategy
This book is what it is-- a graduate school text book. Nye is very straightforward about it in his foreword, but it was very handy to cover the basics of IR theory. Still not a bad resource.
Nov 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly readable. There's a whole chapter on WWI (my favorite!)
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Joseph Samuel Nye, Jr. is an American political scientist and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently holds the position of University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1964. He is also the co-founder, along with Robert Keohane, of the international relations theory neoliberalism ...more