Great Powers and World Order
Patterns and Prospects
- Charles W. Kegley - University of South Carolina, USA
- Gregory A. Raymond - Boise State University, Idaho
This book highlights the complexities within the international arena, and forces students to critically think by putting them in the You Decide driver’s seat.”
“Great Powers and World Order is a timely re-introduction to power politics in the international system. In an era when great power conflict of one type or another seems an ever-present threat, this text will help students to understand the origins and such conflicts, and ground their knowledge through thorough case-studies.”
“Consistent analytical approach. Easy for students to grasp.”
“[The text’s] writing style makes it accessible to students, and that indicates a great potential for the book to engage students and encourage them to actually read it. The authors focus on the essential knowledge and there was no fluff material that can overwhelm students. I really like the section where it presents the notion that international relations really hinges on two things – maintaining international norms and preventing aggression. Such an important understanding and presented really clearly and succinctly."
“This historically grounded textbook will introduce students to the difficulty of establishing a stable world order. [An] historical based book that presents how realism and liberalism inform how world orders are constructed."
“This new textbook by Charles W. Kegley, Jr. and Gregory Raymond brings an innovative approach to the teaching of International Relations, by interweaving historical facts with the theoretical concepts needed for their interpretations. This book can be an excellent supplemental book for undergraduate students, and a great introductory book for graduate students. As the authors stated, it can solve the problem of thinking critically and theoretically about the world order, by interweaving the presentation of ‘historical information and theoretical concepts needed to investigate its features.’”
“A reader for students so they have pertinent information at their fingertips regarding the conflicts that have forged our world.”
“[Great Powers and World Order] provides a clear chronological history of the events that led to contemporary opportunities and challenges for the world. A comprehensive text that provides students conceptual tools to make sense of the genesis and the shaping of the current global order.”
“It's a good, solid introduction to the study of IR on the college level. It provides all the necessary basic information students need to begin their IR study, and to allow them to concentrate their future studies in areas of greatest interest to them. It is a good springboard into a lot of different directions.”
“The fragile foundations of our liberal world order that is based on rules and institutions are being shaken by the great powers’ rivalries. This book is must reading for all serious students of contemporary world affairs.”
“The Great Powers and World Order provides an authoritative account of the nor- mative underpinnings of international security. The rules of the road founded on the liberal world order are now under attack, and normative and institu- tional restraints are crumbling. This book presents a cogent and instructive interpretation of the prevailing problems darkening contemporary international realities.”