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The International Relations of Middle-earth

The International Relations of Middle-earth

Learning from The Lord of the Rings

  • Author: Abigail E. Ruane,Patrick James
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 0472051822
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 243
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy sheds light on issues of real-world international relations

The International Relations of Middle-earth

The International Relations of Middle-earth

Learning from The Lord of the Rings

  • Author: Patrick James,Abigail E Ruane
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 0472028596
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 243
  • View: 3405
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Based on their successful undergraduate course at the University of Southern California, Abigail E. Ruane and Patrick James provide an introduction to International Relations using J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastically popular trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Because Tolkien's major themes---such as good versus evil and human agency versus determinism---are perennially relevant to International Relations, The Lord of the Rings is well suited for application to the study of politics in our own world. This innovative combination of social science and humanities approaches to illustrate key concepts engages students and stimulates critical thinking in new and exciting ways.

The International Relations of Middle-earth

The International Relations of Middle-earth

Learning from The Lord of the Rings

  • Author: Patrick James,Abigail E Ruane
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472071821
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
  • View: 7486
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Based on their successful undergraduate course at the University of Southern California, Abigail E. Ruane and Patrick James provide an introduction to International Relations using J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastically popular trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Because Tolkien's major themes---such as good versus evil and human agency versus determinism---are perennially relevant to International Relations, The Lord of the Rings is well suited for application to the study of politics in our own world. This innovative combination of social science and humanities approaches to illustrate key concepts engages students and stimulates critical thinking in new and exciting ways.

Otherworldly Politics

Otherworldly Politics

The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica

  • Author: Stephen Benedict Dyson
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421417170
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 176
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To help students think critically about international relations and politics, Stephen Benedict Dyson examines the fictional but deeply political realities of three television shows: Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica. Deeply familiar with the events, themes, characters, and plot lines of these popular shows, students can easily draw parallels from fictive worlds to contemporary international relations and political scenarios. In Dyson’s experience, this engagement is frequently powerful enough to push classroom conversations out into the hallways and onto online discussion boards. In Otherworldly Politics, Dyson explains how these shows are plotted to offer alternative histories and future possibilities for humanity. Fascinated by politics and history, science fiction and fantasy screenwriters and showrunners suffuse their scripts with real-world ideas of empire, war, civilization, and culture, lending episodes a compelling intricacy and contemporary resonance. Dyson argues that science fiction and fantasy television creators share a fundamental kinship with great minds in international relations. Creators like Gene Roddenberry, George R. R. Martin, and Ronald D. Moore are world-builders of no lesser creativity, Dyson argues, than theorists such as Woodrow Wilson, Kenneth Waltz, and Alexander Wendt. Each of these thinkers imagines a realm, specifies the rules of its operation, and by so doing seeks to teach us something about ourselves and how we interact with one another. A vital spur to creative thinking for scholars and an accessible introduction for students, this book will also appeal to fans of these three influential shows. -- Patrick James, University of Southern California, coauthor of The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning from The Lord of the Rings

Harry Potter and International Relations

Harry Potter and International Relations

  • Author: Daniel H. Nexon,Iver B. Neumann, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and author of Russia and the Idea of Europe.
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 1461637236
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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Why not take seriously the claim that Harry Potter's world intertwines with our own? In this timely yet otherworldly volume, more than a dozen scholars of international relations join hands to demonstrate how this well-loved artifact of popular culture reflects and shapes our own lifeworld. A wide range of historical and sociological sources shows how Harry's world contains aspects of our own. Practices such as quidditch dovetail quite clearly with 'muggle' sports, and the very British-ness of the books has, in translation into languages such as Turkish and Arabic, been transformed to reflect these unique cultures. Chapters on the political economy of the franchise as well as the scholarly problems of studying popular culture frame what is essentially a highly info-taining read.

International Relations of the Middle East

International Relations of the Middle East

  • Author: Louise Fawcett
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0198708742
  • Category: Middle East
  • Page: 446
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The most authoritative, comprehensive, and balanced overview of international relations in the Middle East, this respected textbook helps students get to grips with this fascinating and challenging subject area. A team of expert scholars combines a history of the region with analysis of key themes, actors, and conflicts, using a range of learning features and online resources to support student learning.Offering a wide range of perspectives, this book exposes studentsto different approaches to the subject, and encourages them to think critically in order to draw their own conclusions. The text features a range of case studies and 'micro-cases' throughout, demonstrating the relevance of international relations theory in the contemporary Middle East, and helping students to apply their learning to real world situations.The fourth edition features a new chapter on the Arab Spring, highlighting this significant development in contemporary Middle Eastern international relations, and an expanded discussion of rising powers in the region, such as Russia and China. New to this editionA new chapter on the Arab Spring and its aftermath brings the book fully up-to-date with contemporary events.Fuller discussion of 'new' and 'rising' actors in the region, including Russia and China, ensures that the text accurately reflects the current multipolar international system.An increased number of case studies demonstrate the relevance of theory to practice.End-of-chapter questions have been introduced to encourage students to check their understanding and reflect on their learning.

International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East

International Relations of the Contemporary Middle East

A Study in World Politics

  • Author: Tareq Y. Ismael
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • ISBN: 9780815623823
  • Category: History
  • Page: 290
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This is a much needed, up-to-date, general overview of the role of the Middle East in international relations. The book was specifically designed as a comprehensive text which would serve courses in Middle East politics and international relations.

The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia

The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia

  • Author: Saadia M. Pekkanen,John Ravenhill,Rosemary Foot
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019991625X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 704
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In the past quarter century, the importance of Asia in international relations has grown exponentially. This Handbook gathers the most important scholars in the field of Asia's international relations to address this momentous change in world politics. The editors and contributors focus on three basic themes: assessing appropriate theories for explaining the evolution of the international relations of Asian countries within the region and with the rest of the world; tracing the recent history of Asia in world politics; and focusing on emerging trends. The Handbook brings readers the latest scholarship on the bilateral, regional, and global relations of Asian countries in the fields of political economy, national security, and human security. Comprehensive in theme, breadth, and methodology, this Handbook is a timely addition to the existing literature on the changes currently underway in Asian countries that promise to have significant implications for world politics.

The International Relations of the Persian Gulf

The International Relations of the Persian Gulf

  • Author: F. Gregory Gause, III
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107469163
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 270
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Gregory Gause's masterful book is the first to offer a comprehensive account of the international politics in the Persian Gulf across nearly four decades. The story begins in 1971 when Great Britain ended its protectorate relations with the smaller states of the lower Gulf. It traces developments in the region from the oil 'revolution' of 1973–4 through the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war and the Gulf war of 1990–1 to the toppling of Saddam Hussein in the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, bringing the story of Gulf regional politics up to 2008. The book highlights transnational identity issues, regime security and the politics of the world oil market, and charts the changing mix of interests and ambitions driving American policy. The author brings his experience as a scholar and commentator on the Gulf to this riveting account of one of the most politically volatile regions on earth.

Power and Law in International Society

Power and Law in International Society

International Relations as the Sociology of International Law

  • Author: Mark Klamberg
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317617126
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 182
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When studying international law there is often a risk of focusing entirely on the content of international rules (i.e. regimes), and ignoring why these regimes exist and to what extent the rules affect state behavior. Similarly, international relations studies can focus so much on theories based on the distribution of power among states that it overlooks the existence and relevance of the rules of international law. Both approaches hold their dangers. The overlooking of international relations risk assuming that states actually follow international law, and discounting the specific rules of international law makes it difficult for readers to understand the impact of the rules in more than a superficial manner. This book unifies international law and international relations by exploring how international law and its institutions may be relevant and influence the course of international relations in international trade, protection of the environment, human rights, international criminal justice and the use of force. As a study on the intersection of power and law, this book will be of great interest and use to scholars and students of international law, international relations, political science, international trade, and conflict resolution.

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Theories of International Politics and Zombies

Revived Edition

  • Author: Daniel W. Drezner
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400852285
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 216
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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 a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Politics and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid—or how rotten—such scenarios might be. This newly revived edition includes substantial updates throughout as well as a new epilogue assessing the role of the zombie analogy in the public sphere.

Securing Outer Space

Securing Outer Space

International Relations Theory and the Politics of Space

  • Author: Natalie Bormann,Michael Sheehan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134044836
  • Category: History
  • Page: 272
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The challenges that space poses for political theory are profound. Yet until now, the exploration and utilization of space has generally reflected – but not challenged – the political patterns and impulses which characterized twentieth-century politics and International Relations. This edited volume analyses a number of controversial policies, and contentious strategies which have promoted space activities under the rubric of exploration and innovation, militarization and weaponization, colonization and commercialization. It places these policies and strategies in broader theoretical perspective in two key ways. Firstly, it engages in a reading of the discourses of space activities: exposing their meaning-producing practices; uncovering the narratives which convey certain space strategies as desirable, inevitable and seamless. Secondly, the essays suggest ways of understanding, and critically engaging with, the effects of particular space policies. The essays here seek to ‘bring back space’ into the realm of International Relations discourse, from which it has been largely removed, marginalized and silenced. The various chapters do this by highlighting how activities in outer space are always connected to earth-bound practices and performances of the every day. Securing Outer Space will be of great interest to students of space power, critical security studies and IR theory.

International Relations of Asia

International Relations of Asia

  • Author: David Shambaugh,Michael Yahuda
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1442226412
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 452
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As the world's most vital region, Asia embodies explosive economic growth, diverse political systems, vibrant societies, modernizing militaries, cutting-edge technologies, rich cultural traditions amid globalization, and strategic competition among major powers. As a result, international relations in Asia are evolving rapidly. In this fully updated and expanded volume, leading scholars offer the most current and definitive analysis available of Asia's regional relationships. They set developments in Asia in theoretical context, assess the role of leading external and regional powers, and consider the importance of subregional actors and linkages. Students and policy practitioners alike will find this book invaluable for understanding politics in contemporary Asia.

The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myths

The Song of Middle-earth: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Themes, Symbols and Myths

  • Author: David Harvey
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN: 0008184828
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
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Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic

Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic

Postcolonial Paradiplomacy between High and Low Politics

  • Author: Kristian Søby Kristensen,Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 135166882X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 164
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Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic examines the international politics of semi-independent Greenland in a changing and increasingly globalised Arctic. Without sovereign statehood, but with increased geopolitical importance, independent foreign policy ambitions, and a solidified self-image as a trailblazer for Arctic indigenous peoples’ rights, Greenland is making its mark on the Arctic and is in turn affected – and empowered – by Arctic developments. The chapters in this collection analyse how a distinct Greenlandic foreign policy identity shapes political ends and means, how relations to its parent state of Denmark is both a burden and a resource, and how Greenlandic actors use and influence regional institutional settings as well as foreign states and commercial actors to produce an increasingly independent – if not sovereign – entity with aims and ambitions for regional change in the Arctic. This is the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of Greenland’s international relations and how they are connected to wider Arctic politics. It will be essential reading for students and scholars interested in Arctic governance and security, international relations, sovereignty, geopolitics, paradiplomacy, indigenous affairs and anyone concerned with the political future of the Arctic.

Posthuman International Relations

Posthuman International Relations

Complexity, Ecologism and Global Politics

  • Author: Doctor Erika Cudworth,Doctor Stephen Hobden
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1780322216
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
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In this bold intervention, Cudworth and Hobden draw on recent advances in thinking about complexity theory to call for a profound re-envisioning of the study of international relations. As a discipline, IR is wedded to the enlightenment project of overcoming the 'hazards' of nature, and thus remains constrained by its blinkered 'human-centred' approach. Furthermore, as a means of predicting major global-political events and trends, it has failed consistently. Instead, the authors argue, it is essential we develop a much more nuanced and sophisticated analysis of global political systems, taking into account broader environmental circumstances, as well as social relations, economic practices and formations of political power. Essentially, the book reveals how the study of international politics is transformed by the understanding that we have never been exclusively human. An original work that is sure to provoke heated debate within the discipline, Posthuman International Relations combines insights from complexity theory and ecological thinking to provide a radical new agenda for a progressive, twenty-first century, International Relations.

Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics

Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics

International Relations and the Earth

  • Author: Olaf Corry,Hayley Stevenson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351800795
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 212
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How can a divided world share a single planet? As the environment rises ever higher on the global agenda, the discipline of International Relations (IR) is engaging in more varied and transformative ways than ever before to overcome environmental challenges. Focusing in particular on the key trends of the past 20 years, this volume explores the main developments in the global environmental crisis, with each chapter considering an environmental issue and an approach within IR. In the process, adjacent fields including energy politics, science and technology, and political economy are also touched on. Traditions and Trends in Global Environmental Politics is aimed at anybody interested in the key international environmental problems of the day, and those seeking clarification and inspiration in terms of approaches and theories that decode how the environment is accounted for in global politics. It will be an essential resource for students and scholars of global environmental politics and governance, environmental studies and IR.

International Institutions in World History

International Institutions in World History

Divorcing International Relations Theory from the State and Stage Models

  • Author: Laust Schouenborg
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1315409879
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 176
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This book presents a case for a basic reorientation of International Relations away from the state and towards the study of social institutions in the sense of patterned practices, ideas and norms/rules. IR has always suffered from a parochial occupation with the state and the Western system of state. Its main theories revolve around these phenomena, and have resulted in the reification of the state: it has been turned into an essential actor, with certain immutable and fundamental properties that remain constant throughout time. A list of these properties usually includes territorial limits, centralisation, monopolisation of violence and exclusive loyalties. International Institutions in World History shows how the state is an inherently modern phenomenon, a modern social institution, and that foundational concepts in IR should be based on a full appreciation of the wider record of human existence on earth, trans-historically and cross-culturally. Schouenborg argues that these social institutions may be captured via a universal functional typology consisting of four categories: legitimacy and membership; regulating conflicts; trade; and governance. The book will be of interest to scholars and students within IR (particularly IR theory), anthropology, archaeology and sociology, and those interested in general social theory.

Realms of Tolkien

Realms of Tolkien

Images of Middle-Earth

  • Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780261103450
  • Category: Fantasy fiction, English
  • Page: 144
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Twenty new and familiar Tolkien artists are represented in this fabulous volume, breathing an extraordinary variety of life into 58 different scenes, each of which is accompanied by appropriate passage from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion

International Relations Theory and Ecological Thought

International Relations Theory and Ecological Thought

Towards a Synthesis

  • Author: Eric Laferrière,Peter J. Stoett
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134710682
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 224
  • View: 7437
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Ecological crises have never been higher on the international political agenda. However, ecological thought and international relations theory have developed as separate disciplines. This ground-breaking study looks at the relationship between ecological thought and international relations theory arguing that there are shared concerns: peace, co-operation and security. The authors ask what ecological crisis can teach IR theorists as well as what ecological perspectives have been adopted by governments and international NGOs.