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Twentieth Century International Relations: volumes one to eight

Michael Cox|
Sage Publications (January 2007)

This eight volume set provides comprehensive coverage of the factors that determined the evolution of world system in the twentieth century. Between them they consider the central questions of the period:

  • Why did the 'long peace' of the nineteenth century break down so completely between 1914 and 1945
  • How and by what means was a new kind of order created between 1947 and 1991?
  • Why did this apparently durable system fall apart and with what consequences for the next century?

With over 80 thematically organized articles selection by Michael Cox, Volumes one to four examine the 20th century as a period of unprecedented turbulence, marked by unprecedented global confrontations, while volumes five to eight explore what happened following the collapse of the bipolar order in 1989 and the implications of this transition for the conduct of international relations.

  • Volume One looks at the causes and consequences of the collapse of the balance of power after 1914.
  • Volume Two examines the emergence of the United States and its impact on international politics in a bipolar world.
  • Volume Three considers the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War.
  • Volume Four looks at the ways theorists of international relations conceptualized the post-Cold War unipolar 'moment' under conditions of globalisation.
  • Volume Five traces the rise of the new Europe but explains the continuing weakness of Europe as an international actor.
  • Volume Six examines the claim that the new 21st century is more likely to revolve around the Pacific than the United States or the Atlantic.
  • Volume Seven asks the question: whatever happened to the Third Word?
  • Volume Eight explores the possible sources of new challenges to international order following the brutal termination of the short-lived post-Cold War era on September 11, 2001.

Together the volumes combine to provide an unparalleled resource providing broad coverage of the subject with historical depth and contemporary relevance.

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