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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $67.00
  • October 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-67519-1
  • 544 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Essentials of International Relations

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Karen A. Mingst (Author, University of Kentucky), Heather Elko McKibben (Author, University of California, Davis), Ivan M. Arreguín-Toft (Author, Boston University)


New coauthor Heather Elko McKibben enlivens a classic text

A fresh perspective renews Karen Mingst’s classic, concise text. A new chapter on international cooperation and international law presents alternatives to war. A streamlined approach to theories and levels of analysis makes concepts easier to understand and apply. Expanded coverage of cybersecurity, refugees, health, and the environment asks students to grapple with the big issues of our time. And InQuizitive—an all-new digital learning tool—helps students learn, retain, and apply key concepts.


Up-to-date topics that you and your students want to talk about

As they do in their own courses, coauthors Heather McKibben and Karen Mingst introduce topics and events that stimulate student interest and classroom discussion.

Core concepts made even easier to understand and apply

Drawing on her experience teaching a large introductory course at the University of California, Davis, McKibben worked with Mingst on key structural changes that make the text even more accessible.

An expanded media package—including InQuizitive—helps students learn, retain, and apply

Book specific study tools help students understand the reading and apply what they’ve learned. This ensures they arrive better prepared for lecture. And assessing students is easy with the variety of activities built specifically to complement the book.

A superior value

Instructors have always appreciated Essentials of International Relations’ low price and concise format, allowing them to incorporate outside readings. Those who package the text with Essential Readings in World Politics save 50% off the price of the reader alone.

    Chapter 1 Approaches to International Relations

    Chapter 2 The Historical Context of Contemporary International Relations

    Chapter 3 International Relations Theories

    Chapter 4 Levels of Analysis

    Chapter 5 The State and The Tools of Statecraft

    Chapter 6 War and Security

    Chapter 7 International Cooperation and International Law

    Chapter 8 International Political Economy

    Chapter 9 Intergovernmental Organizations and Nongovernmental Organizations

    Chapter 10 Human Rights

    Chapter 11 Human Security: Migration, Global Health, and the Environment