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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Third Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

January 2018 | 368 pages | CQ Press

"Crossing Borders is the best textbook available for International Studies courses.  It tackles complex global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, doing so in a way that is both accessible and engaging for students.  Most importantly, students come away with an understanding of how those issues impact their day-to-day lives, as well as how they can participate in the increasingly interconnected world around them as global citizens."

Michael Makara, University of Central Missouri


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. By integrating research and current examples, the Third Edition encourages students to identify their role in today’s international arena and what it means to be a global citizen. Not only do students 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 Third Edition is thoroughly updated to reflect recent events and trends, including cyberterrorism, the rise of ISIS, and other key issues. It offers new color maps and clear learning objectives for every chapter, giving students a solid understanding of the complexity of the issues facing the world today.


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About the Authors
List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
Chapter 1. Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
Learning Objectives  
Toward a Working Definition of International Studies  
Different Ways of Looking at the World’s Borders  
The Evolution of Globalization  
Globalization: Winners and Losers  
The Changing Definition of Citizenship in a Global Era  
Where Do We Go from Here?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 2. Point of Departure: Planet Earth
Learning Objectives  
Getting Our Heads around the Earth: Geography as a Field of Study  
Where We Live  
Population Management  
Food and Hunger  
Energy Security  
The Human Factor: Contributing to the Problem?  
The Global Response  
What Can You Do?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 3. Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
Learning Objectives  
The Technological Frontier  
Enter the Computer  
The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders  
A Final Thought on Technology Prior to the Journey  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 4. Searching for Security: The Political World
Learning Objectives  
Defining Political Borders: The Origins of the Modern State System  
The Balance of Power System: Its Failures and the Outbreak of War  
The Cold War  
The Post–Cold War World  
Conclusion: The Quest for Security  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 5. Challenges to Security
Learning Objectives  
Conflict in the Middle East: Israel and Palestine  
Weapons of Mass Destruction  
What Can Be Done?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 6. Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
Learning Objectives  
Defining Economic Borders: A Very Short History  
The Bretton Woods System  
Beyond Bretton Woods: The Roots of Contemporary Globalization  
Emerging Economic Centers  
Key Players in Transition  
Conclusion: The Evolution of the World Economy  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 7. Challenges to Prosperity
Learning Objectives  
Free versus Fair Trade  
Transnational Investment: Blessing or Curse?  
Finance and Aid: Promoting or Hindering Development?  
What Can Be Done?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 8. Protecting Identity: The People of the World
Learning Objectives  
Cultural and Social Borders: Understanding Identity  
The Age of Enlightenment  
Social Borders  
The Study of Social and Cultural Borders  
Globalization: Homogenization or Hybridization?  
Conclusion: Identity at the Crossroads  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 9. Challenges to Identity
Learning Objectives  
The Role of Religion  
Ethnic Conflict  
Fragile States  
What Can Be Done?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 10. Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
Learning Objectives  
Defining the Global Order: International Law and Organizations  
The United Nations  
Interdependence and Regional Intergovernmental Organizations  
Nongovernmental Organizations  
The Evolution of the United Nations and Civil Society  
The Expansion of International Law and the International Criminal Court  
Conclusion: Compliance and Enforcement  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 11. Challenges to Cooperation
Learning Objectives  
Global Health and the Threat of Disease  
Human Rights  
What Can Be Done?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  
Chapter 12. Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?
Learning Objectives  
International Studies beyond the Classroom  
International Career Opportunities  
Educational Options  
Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here?  
Key Concepts  
To Learn More  


Instructor Site

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  • Test banks that provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Multimedia content includes links to video, audio, web, and data that appeal to students with different learning styles.
  • Instructor Manual which summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Transition Guide provides chapter-by-chapter outline of key changes to the second edition
  • A set of all the graphics from the text, including all of the maps, tables, and figures, in PowerPoint, .pdf, and .jpg formats for class presentations.
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features elements such as:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards which strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes that allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives that reinforce the most important material
  • Video and multimedia content that appeal to students with different learning styles
  • Carefully selected SAGE readings to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter
Key features


  • New “Turning Point” stories describe critical junctures that have altered the course of selected global relationships.
  • Four new “What Can You Do With International Studies?” profiles spotlight the activities of recent international studies graduates who have gone on to work in the field.
  • Six new “Understanding Cross-Border Conflict: How Can International Studies Help?” examples illustrate various perspectives on international conflicts such as the conflict in the South China Sea and encourage students to take a multidisciplinary approach to identify key factors affecting possible solutions.
  • Updated “Pro/Con” debates demonstrate for students the complexity of current global issues and the alternative perspectives through which they can be viewed.
  • “How You Can Connect” has been revised to provide ways in which students can directly connect with the material through active learning opportunities.
  • “Learning Objectives” appear at the start of each chapter to help students identify the major conceptual take-aways and provide a platform for review.
  • “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.


  • “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. 

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