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East, West, North, South
International Relations since 1945

Seventh Edition


February 2014 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book delivers an engaging narrative of all the important events and developments in international relations since 1945 and equips you with the knowledge and skills with which to approach contemporary issues in international politics.

This seventh edition:

  • Provides an account of the world as it has evolved up to 1945
  • Examines Barack Obama’s engagement with the Greater Middle East
  • Explores the events surrounding the Arab Spring
  • Includes a new section on population, gender and the environment
  • Contains key updates on superpowers, state and non-state actors, and global governance.

Complete with annotated further reading lists, this book guides you through the significant events that have shaped the international system since 1945.

East, West, North, South
 remains essential, accessible reading for all students of international relations, world politics and international history.


 
The New World
 
The Cold War in Europe, 1945–1949
 
The Cold War Becomes Global, 1945–1962
 
Detente Between East and West, 1962–1975
 
Renewed Tension Between East and West, 1975–1984
 
The End of the Cold War, 1984–1990
 
Major Powers and Local Conflicts after the Cold War, 1990–2013
 
The Arms Race, 1945–2013
 
The United States and Western Europe, 1945–2013
 
The Soviet Union/Russia and the (formerly) Communist Countries, 1945–2013
 
The Rise of East Asia
 
Decolonization
 
Economic Relations Between North and South, 1945–2013
 
Two Theories on Development and Under-development
 
Globalization and Fragmentation
 
Conclusion: The Future

There is perhaps no other single-authored volume that covers as fully, clearly and succinctly the global post-war history from 1945 to the present, as Geir Lundestad's East, West, North, South. In its incarnation as the expanded and completely revised seventh edition, it is simply a brilliant textbook on the contemporary world.

Dr Kristina Spohr
Associate Professor in International History, London School of Economics and Political Science

East, West, North, South is a classic overview of international politics since the Second World War, and Geir Lundestad is one of the contemporary historians who are extensively read by peace researchers and international relations scholars. Always solidly grounded in empirical research and detail, his ability to provide sweeping analyses has great scholarly appeal among social scientists.

Henrik Urdal
Editor, Journal of Peace Research, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Lundestad provides a masterful overview of international politics since 1945 and the debates surrounding the key events. His book is a wonderful resource for both students and scholars of the Cold War and the post-Cold War world.

Dr Jasna Dragovic Soso
Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Goldsmiths College, University of London

The demand for new editions of the book bears witness to the continuing strength of Cold War orthodoxy about US policy, often dressed up as post-revisionism or linked to Soviet and Eastern bloc archives. The book, has however, always contained flashes of useful and interesting interpretations...The use of online resources especially the World Development Report is particularly important and provides a different tool for general assessments of economic and social developments. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute is used in a similar way for a valuable history of the arms race.

John Kent
E-International Relations

Book is well structured, providing an account of the world as it has evolved up to 1945 and containing key updates. I consider teaching a course on this subject in the next year.

Professor Ugur Gungor
International Relations, Atılım University
April 10, 2015

Text is relatively short and simple, hence was also recommended for International History of the 20th Century (I teach it as well). It's well structured, encompassing both historical outline, regional issues and economic/developmental aspects crucial for me. I consider changing status from recommended into obligatory next year.

Dr Marcin Grabowski
Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University
April 7, 2015

Geir Lundestad's book is an excellent, clear and comprehensive, analytical overview of contemporary international history and a perfect, first reference volume for students of International Relations. The further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter are very useful and attest to the multiple sources used by the author. My only regret is that in spite of its title, it remains a very mainstream account of the post-1945 international system and does not actually consider alternative perspectives.

Dr Marie Gibert
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
April 9, 2014
Key features

New to the Seventh Edition of East, West, North, South:

  • Examination of Barack Obama’s engagement with the Greater Middle East
  • Coverage of the Arab Spring
  • A section on population, gender and the environment
  • Updates on superpowers, state and non-state actors, and global governance
  • Content on contemporary issues including humanitarian intervention, security, and terrorism
  • Examination of Barack Obama’s engagement with the Greater Middle East
  • Coverage of the Arab Spring
  • A section on population, gender and the environment
  • Updates on superpowers, state and non-state actors, and global governance
  • Content on contemporary issues including humanitarian intervention, security, and terrorism

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