Greenwood Encyclopedia Of International Relations: [Volumes I, Ii, Iii And Iv] (V. 1-4)

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Greenwood Encyclopedia Of International Relations: [Volumes I, Ii, Iii And Iv] (V. 1-4)

Greenwood Encyclopedia Of International Relations: [Volumes I, Ii, Iii And Iv] (V. 1-4)

Using humanistic principles to strip away the jargon and narrowness inherent in much of modern-day political scholarship, this historical encyclopedia reclaims the breadth of vision, the privileging of factual evidence over theory, and the moral tenor prevalent in classical political inquiry. Over 6,000 alphabetically arranged entries accompanied by 29 maps make this single-authored set the definitive desktop reference work on international relations and international history. The book's primary focus is upon the rise of the Great Powers and the course of world civilizations, their formative wars and diplomatic, political and economic relations. But a serious effort is made to cover all of the smaller and less powerful regions and their local history, along with how progressive inclusion into the modern state system affected them, both for good and ill. Written with elegant clarity and leavened by healthy doses of professional skepticism and humor, this thoroughly cross-referenced work addresses general as well as specialized readers seeking clear and concise sketches of the topics, simple and complex, that have shaped political and historical developments in our world.The work takes firm stands on important issues. It is not morally neutral on the meaning of historical persons or events. But it is eminently fair: its standard of objectivity and judgment has been to write aout all nations, religions, and events as a historian without country or religion, in the words of John Quincy Adams. While remaining deeply serious and cognizant of the role of the tragic in human history, this book often displays biting wit and overall personality?a great benefit of the single-author approach. Whether or not readers agree with a given interpretation, they are always paid the deep respect of having their intellect minds and moral consciousness engaged with the deeper meaning of the history of international public affairs.From School Library JournalGrade 10 Up-This work will assist students attempting to understand the complex relations among countries of the world past and present. Arranged alphabetically, the entries vary in length but all are concise, often with a first sentence that gives the long and short of the information at a quick glance. The cross-referenced articles include political and military leaders; existing and extinct nations from across the globe; and the accompanying economic, political, and religious diplomatic issues that ensue when peoples interact. In addition, there are numerous definitions. War is, of course, a "core subject" and contemporary issues and post-September 11, 2001 situations are included. Further-reading suggestions are frequent and scholarly. Twenty-nine maps are grouped at the front of the first volume and an extensive bibliography and detailed index are in the last volume. Students will find the more than 6000 entries relatively accessible. This set is appropriate for large high schools with an advanced academic focus.Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, ILCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.From Library JournalNolan (International History Inst., Boston Univ.) is a historian, and it shows. Deliberately shunning the abstract theorizing, divorced from historical fact, that has long dominated international relations, his relentlessly historical work dwells primarily on the deeds of the great powers since the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which made the nation-state the organizing unit of the international system. This historical bent is the set's great strength and its great weakness. Lively, objective writing characterizes the first-rate historical essays, but this excellence comes at the expense of traditional international-relations fare. Nolan musters only five pages on the UN, offering virtually nothing on the Security Council, that steward of international peace and security. Coverage of international economics is sparse, and security specialists wi

Specification of Greenwood Encyclopedia Of International Relations: [Volumes I, Ii, Iii And Iv] (V. 1-4)

AuthorNolan, Cathal J.
Publication Year5/30/2002

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