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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Fourth Edition

July 2021 | 384 pages | CQ Press
Crossing Borders provides a framework for students built upon an understanding of the many borders that define the international system. Renowned authors Harry I. Chernotsky and Heidi H. Hobbs address many of the different fields that constitute international studies—geography, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology—and give instructors a starting point from which they can pursue their own disciplinary interests. Not only do they develop a better understanding of the world, they also receive advice on how to increase their own global engagement through study abroad, internships, and career options.

This Fourth Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends, including the COVID-19 pandemic; use of social media to interfere in elections; the role of China in trade, investment, and finance; and the tensions surrounding persistent racial and gender inequities around the world.

Chapter 1 • Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
Chapter 2 • Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Chapter 3 • Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
Chapter 4 • Searching for Security: The Political World
Chapter 5 • Challenges to Security
Chapter 6 • Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
Chapter 7 • Challenges to Prosperity
Chapter 8 • Protecting Identity: The People of the World
Chapter 9 • Challenges to Identity
Chapter 10 • Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
Chapter 11 • Challenges to Cooperation
Chapter 12 • Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?


Instructor Site

SAGE Edge for instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students with:

  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources; 
  • test banks that provide a diverse range of ready-to-use options that save you time. You can also easily edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions
  •  editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer flexibility when creating multimedia lectures so you don’t have to start from scratch;
  • an instructor's manual that contains numerous resources for each chapter, including learning objectives, chapter-specific discussion questions, class assignments, video and multimedia links, and more; and
  • all tables and figures from the textbook.
Student Site

SAGE Edge for students enhances learning, it’s easy to use, and offers:

  • an open-access site that makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime;
  • eFlashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts; and
  •  learning objectives that reinforce the most important material from the chapters.
Key features




  • “Learning Objectives” appear at the start of each chapter to help students identify the major conceptual take-aways and provide a platform for review.
  • “Turning Point” stories describe critical junctures that have altered the course of selected global relationships.
  • “How You Can Connect” encourages students to consider their own experiences, habits, and attitudes as they might relate to the issues under consideration.
  • The “Pro/Con” feature introduces students to the opposing arguments put forward with respect to a number of contentious global issues and provide probing questions that ask “Where Do You Stand?”
  • “What Can You Do With International Studies?” features profile former students who have gone on to apply their studies through their activities and work in the field. 
  • “To Learn More” sections at the end of each chapter provide students with opportunities to use additional resources to develop a deeper understanding of the world and and become a more active participant.

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ISBN: 9781544378060