Global Horizons: An Introduction to International Relations

Global Horizons: An Introduction to International Relations

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By Hendrik Spruyt
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2009
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272 Pages
ISBN 9781442600928
Published Mar 2009
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In the current era we have the ability to wage global war, interact economically and culturally with any part of the world, and communicate with each other in real time. Our horizons are now global. Time and space have contracted. This text takes the change in our horizons as a key feature of modern international relations, examining how international politics and the relations between nations and states have become global politics.

Rather than survey a large array of issues and theories, Spruyt provides students with particular "tools of the trade" and with different perspectives to understand given empirical puzzles. Each section of the book discusses key theories, which may be useful in understanding the issues in question, and then applies them to empirical cases in order to demonstrate how theory relates to practice. Case studies allow for both an historical and comparative approach.

Hendrik Spruyt is Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Sovereign State and its Competitors (Princeton University Press, 1994), which won the J. David Greenstone Prize for best book in History and Politics, 1994-96. His most recent book is Ending Empire: Contested Sovereignty and Territorial Partition (Cornell University Press, 2005).

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Introduction: The Dawn of the Global Event Horizon

Part I: International Security

1. Tools of the Trade (1): Understanding War and Peace from Three Perspectives
2. Tools of the Trade (2): Game Theory
3. World War I
4. The Cold War and After
5. The American Invasion of Iraq in 2003


Part II: The Global Economy

6. Tools of the Trade: Comparative Case Strategy and Hegemonic Stability Theory
7. Three Views of Economics and Politics
8. Paradigmatic Legacies: Variations in Capitalism  
9. The International Economic Order and the Question of Convergence


Part III: Global Challenges: Energy and the Environment

10. Tools of the Trade: Common Pool Resources and Imperfect Markets
11. The Politics of Energy
12. Global Warming and Ozone Depletion




Global Horizons is a compelling volume for undergraduate audiences. Framed to elicit solutions to gripping global problems, readers will find themselves thinking critically, worrying about research design, and using sophisticated theoretical tools. Spruyt has written an outstanding text that leaves students informed and motivated, while at the same time providing splendidly balanced coverage of multiple issue areas and approaches.

Colin Elman, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

International relations instructors who seek to provide students with a timely mix of focused theories and engaging case studies will embrace Global Horizons. Spruyt vividly animates the most important analytical debates in the field and uses them to illuminate classic historical episodes as well as critically important contemporary issues such as the US-led invasion of Iraq, global energy security, and international efforts to regulate climate change.

Alexander Cooley, Barnard College, Columbia University

International relations theory is vast and complex, and yet if explained clearly and systematically it can be an invaluable aid that enables students to gain a sophisticated grasp of the forces shaping the world. In this engaging, lucid, smart, and comprehensive book, Spruyt makes theory—the 'tools of the trade'—come alive. Global Horizons is the text for which many of us who teach IR have been waiting: instructors and students who read it will reap rich intellectual rewards.

Rajan Menon, Lehigh University

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