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World Affairs : An Analytical Overview

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This book provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of a subject that every thoughtful person wants to understand: world affairs. Though many attempts have been made to summarise this subject, all have so far resulted in no more than accounts of current events, issue-areas, and lists of ideologies or perspectives. For the first time it has proven possible, in the light of the assumptions that analysts and practitioners make with regard to human nature, human nurturing practices, and the cultural context of Enlightenment rationalism, to provide a clear and coherent account of the entire discipline. With this account it is evident at once not only what particular analysts or practitioners are saying but also what they are not saying. World Affairs represents, therefore, a superior textbook for graduate or undergraduate students, as well as a unique introduction for academics and general readers who want to know how analytical languages are used to articulate every relevant description, explanation and foreign policy prescription. Examples are drawn from the literature on the subject to exemplify each such language and attention is drawn throughout to their weaknesses and strengths.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 9814293873
  • 9789814293877
  • 349,154

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This book provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of a subject that every thoughtful person wants to understand: world affairs. Though many attempts have been made to summarise this subject, all of which have resulted in no more than accounts of current events, issue-areas, lists of ideologies or perspectives. For the first time it has proven possible, in the light of the assumptions that analysts and practitioners make with regard to human nature, human nurturing practices, and the cultural context of Enlightenment rationalism, to provide a clear and coherent account of the entire discipline. With this account it is evident at once not only what particular analysts or practitioners are saying but also what they are not saying. World Affairs represents, therefore, a superior textbook for graduate or undergraduate students, as well as a unique introduction for academics and general readers who want to know how analytical languages are used to articulate every relevant description, explanation and foreign policy prescription. Examples are drawn from the literature on the subject to exemplify each such language and attention is drawn throughout to their weaknesses and strengths.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: World Affairs - An Overview; Human Nature: Realism; Internationalism; Globalism; Economic Nationalism; Economic Liberalism; Socialism; Nationalism; Individualism; Collectivism; Human Nurture: Marxism; Constructivism; Mixed Marxism/Constructivism; Critiques: Modernism and Modernist Auto-Critiques; Feminism; Environmentalism; Post-Colonialism and the Poor; Sacralism; Conclusion: The Cycle of Knowing.show more