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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders
International Studies for the 21st Century

Fourth Edition

August 2021 | 384 pages | CQ Press

Crossing Borders helps students develop a framework for understanding the various disciplines that constitute international studies by exploring the many boundaries they knowingly (and unknowingly) cross on a daily basis. Renowned authors Harry I. Chernotsky and Heidi H. Hobbs address the diverse fields of international studies—geography, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology—giving instructors a launching point to pursue their own disciplinary interests. This bestseller not only helps students to better grasp international affairs, but also offers advice on how they can engage with global issues through study abroad, internships, and career options.
Updated thoroughly to reflect recent events and trends, the Fourth Edition assesses the COVID-19 pandemic; the 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.

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List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
About the Authors
Chapter 1. Getting Your Global Bearings: Navigating the World
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

Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 2. Point of Departure: Planet Earth
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

Conclusion: What Can You Do?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 3. Jump-Starting the Trip: The Role of Technology
The Technological Frontier

The Virtual Frontier

The Role of Technology in Crossing Borders

Conclusion: A Final Thought on Technology

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 4. Searching for Security: The Political World
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
Persistent Conflict: The Case of Israel and Palestine

Weapons of Mass Destruction


Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 6. Seeking Prosperity: The Global Economy
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 Evolving World Economy

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 7. Challenges to Prosperity
Free Trade versus Protectionism

Transnational Investment: Blessing or Curse?

Finance and Aid: Promoting or Hindering Development?

Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 8. Protecting Identity: The People of the World
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

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Chapter 9. Challenges to Identity
The Role of Religion

Ethnic Conflict

Fragile States

Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 10. Managing the World: Cooperation at the Global Level
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

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Chapter 11. Challenges to Cooperation

Global Health and the Threat of Disease

Human Rights

Conclusion: What Can Be Done?

Key Concepts

To Learn More

Chapter 12. Connecting to the World: Where Do You Go from Here?
International Studies beyond the Classroom

International Career Opportunities

Educational Options

Conclusion: Where Do You Go from Here?

Key Concepts

To Learn More



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Key features


  • Updated chapters reflect current events and trends, including the consequences of globalization, the role of China in emerging markets, the tensions encompassing racial and gender inequities around the world and the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Updated tables, charts and graphics aid visual learning and facilitate further engagement with key concepts and arguments.
  • "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 provides students opposing arguments put forward with respect to a number of contentious global issues and provides probing questions that ask "Where Do You Stand?"
  • "What Can You Do With International Studies?" boxed features profile former students who have gone on to 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 become more active participants.

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