International Studies

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues

Sheldon Anderson, Mark Allen Peterson, and Stanley W. Toops

Fourth Edition • July 12, 2017 • 528 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813350493 • $54.00 USD$69.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813350721 • $35.99 USD$45.99 CAN

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This core text is the first to provide a much-needed interdisciplinary approach to international studies. Emphasizing the interconnected nature of history, geography, anthropology, economics, and political science, International Studies details the methodologies and subject matter of each discipline then applies these discipline lenses to seven regions: Europe; East Asia and the Pacific; South and Central Asia; sub-Saharan Africa; the Middle East and North Africa; Latin America; and North America. This disciplinary and regional combination provides an indispensable, cohesive framework for understanding global issues.

The fully updated fourth edition includes four new global issues chapters: The Refugee Crisis in Europe; The Syrian Civil War and the Rise of the Islamic State; Global Climate Change; and The Globalization of Modern Sports.

Sheldon Anderson is professor of history at Miami University. He is the author of five books: The Politics and Culture of Modern Sports, Condemned to Repeat It, A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc, A Dollar to Poland Is a Dollar to Russia, and the forthcoming The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh.

Mark Allen Peterson is professor of anthropology and international studies at Miami University. He is the author of Connected in Cairo and Anthropology and Mass Communications.

Stanley W. Toops is associate professor of geography and international studies at Miami University. He is coauthor of The Routledge Atlas of Central Eurasian Affairs and co-editor of Understanding Contemporary China.


Part One: The Disciplines of International Studies
1 The Past in the Present: Historical Interpretation in International Conflict
2 Peoples, Places, and Patterns: Geography in International Studies
3 Anthropology and Intercultural Relations
4 Economics and International Development
5 Power, Conflict, and Policy: The Role of Political Science in International Studies

Part Two: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Regional and International Topics
6 North America
7 Latin America
8 Europe and the Modern World
9 The Middle East and North Africa
10 Sub-Saharan Africa
11 East Asia and the Pacific
12 South and Central Asia

Part Three: Contemporary Global Issues
13 International Terrorism
14 Turkey, the Syrian Civil War, and the Refugee Crisis [new]
15 The Threat of ISIS [new]
16 The Veil Controversy
17 Global Population Trends and Impacts
18 Global Climate Change [new]
19 The Politics and Culture of Global Sports [new]


Praise for Prior Editions

International Studies does what textbooks in comparative and international politics too often fail to do adequately—explain big ideas while delivering the context and color to tickle the imagination and appreciate what is at a stake and why it matters. Chapters on the disciplines of history, politics, geography, anthropology, and economics provide the tools for effective social science thinking.”
—Dylan Bennett, University of Wisconsin – Waukesha

International Studies teaches students to think as historians, economists, anthropologists, political scientists and geographers, while guiding them through every major region in the world and a variety of key global issues. Its accessibility, breadth of coverage, and clarity of writing all make it an ideal choice for use in an introductory course.”
—James R. Stocker, Trinity Washington University

“An ideal introduction to humanities and social science views of the world and the international issues that confront us.”
—Heidi Hobbs, North Carolina State University

“There are numerous international politics books but this is the only one that I have found that really focuses on international studies in a distinct manner. What is particularly important is the first five chapters that help define the disciplines from which International Studies draws. It also does an admirable job of touring students throughout the world. Many of my students cannot believe how much territory we have covered by the end of the semester.”
—Christopher Scholl, California State University, Channel Islands

International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues stands out as a major contribution to the methodology of International Studies . . . This book should be compulsory reading for all researchers and students in International Studies.”
Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria

“Everyone agrees that international studies should be interdisciplinary, but almost no one knows how to teach that on their own. An innovative collaboration between professors of anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science, this book is fundamentally driven by the importance of interdisciplinary work. The combination of its overview chapters on all five of these disciplines as well as its comprehensive regional approach and contemporary focus on specific global issues should appeal to anyone teaching an introduction to international studies course.”
—Scott Pegg, Director of International Studies Program, IUPUI

“Finally! A book that gives me the courage to teach a genuinely interdisciplinary international studies course. Cross cutting disciplinary, geographic and policy issues, International Studies draws upon the authors’ considerable experience to provide a holistic approach to analyzing the international arena. This book will be successful as a core text for an introductory class or as an addition to an upper level international studies course, ensuring that students appreciate the multiple lenses critical to understanding global problems.”
—Patrice Franko, Colby College

“This book is long overdue. Finally, we have a text that introduces students to the complexity of the global system through a multidisciplinary cross-regional approach to international studies. In an era of globalization, narrow disciplinary and regional methodologies and foci are insufficient. [The authors’] contribution fills an important methodological and heuristic void. Moreover, this book’s broad but sophisticated approach highlights and enriches the critical but often ignored relationship between intellectual analysis and public policy. Professors and their international studies undergraduates will find this text indispensable.”
—Frank O. Mora, National War College, National Defense University

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