This edited handbook offers an original overview of main themes in International Relations (IR) by focusing on those books that may be considered "classic works" in the field of international politics. In particular, extended reviews of major volumes in IR Theory are presented in the volume, balancing different theoretical orientations (Realism and Neorealism, Liberalism and Liberal Institutionalism, Constructivism, Foreign Policy Analysis and the English School) and discussing some of the main debates that shaped IR theory in the Twentieth Century. The volume represents a quick and accessible tool to explore the development of IR studies from their inception to the contemporary era, highlighting ideas, paradigms and worldviews that influenced scholarly thinking as well as great powers’ foreign policy over the last decades. Each chapter follows a standard format, providing information on the historical context in which the book was written, on the author’s intellectual background, and outlining the book’s main themes, its impact on the discipline and its reception in the literature. The volume is particularly suitable for graduate and undergraduate IR students, but it’s also valuable for any other social science expert who want to have a concise sketch of the most important books in IR literature as well as for people who are just curious about the main topics in international politics.
Table of contents
Introduction. International Relations in the 21st Century. - I. Norman Angell: The Illusion of War. - II. Edward Carr: Utopia and Reality. - III. Hans Morgenthau: The Struggle for Power and Peace. - IV. Thomas Schelling: Game theory, Deterrence and Strategic Behaviour. - V. Raymond Aron: Peace and War. A Sociological Account of International Relations. - VI. Graham Allison: Conceptual Frameworks of Foreign Policy Decision Making. - VII. Hedley Bull: In Search of International Order. - VIII. Kenneth Waltz, Anarchy and International Politics. - IX. Robert Gilpin: Hegemonic Stability and War. - X. Robert Keohane: The Promises of Cooperation. - XI. George Liska: The Revenge of History. - XII. Samuel Huntington: Civilizations in Conflict. - XIII. Alexander Wendt: The Social Construction of International Politics. - XIV. Bruce Russett and John Oneal: Investigating the Liberal Legacy. - XV. Stahis Kalyvas: Making Sense of Senseless Violence.
Filippo Andreatta is Full Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna (since 2005), Department of Political and Social Sciences, teaching International Politics, Strategic Studies, and Visiting Professor at the School of International Studies, University of Trento (since 2014).