International Studies

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues


Sheldon Anderson, Mark Allen Peterson, Stanley W. Toops, Jeanne A.K. Hey

Third Edition • July 29, 2014 • 528 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349329 • $50.00 USD$64.99 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; Africa; the Middle East; Latin America; and North America. This disciplinary and regional combination provides an indispensable, cohesive framework for understanding global issues.

The third edition includes:

  • A new chapter on North America
  • Three new global issues chapters: The Responsibility to Protect, New Global Players in the 21st Century, and The Arab Uprisings

Sheldon Anderson is professor of History and International Studies at Miami University. He is the author of Condemned to Repeat It: ‘Lessons of History’ and the Making of U.S. Cold War Containment Policy; A Cold War in the Soviet Bloc: Polish-East German Relations; and A Dollar to Poland is a Dollar to Russia: U.S. Economic Policy toward Poland.

Mark Allen Peterson is professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Miami University. He is the author of Connected in Cairo: Growing Up Cosmopolitan in the Modern Middle East and Anthropology and Mass Communications: Media and Myth in the New Millennium.

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.

Jeanne A. K. Hey is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New England in Maine.

Part One: The Disciplines of International Studies

1. The Past in the Present: Historical Interpretation in International Conflict
SHELDON ANDERSON

2. Peoples, Places and Patterns: Geography in International Studies
STANLEY W. TOOPS

3. Anthropology for International Communication
MARK ALLEN PETERSON

4. Economics and International Studies
MARK ALLEN PETERSON AND CHARLES STEVENS

5. Power, Conflict, and Policy: The Role of Political Science in International Studies
JEANNE A. K. HEY

Part Two: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Regional and International Topics

6. Europe and the Modern World
SHELDON ANDERSON

7. East Asia and International Studies: Demography and Development
STANLEY W. TOOPS

8. South / Central Asia and International Studies: Environment and Population
STANLEY W. TOOPS

9. Africa and the International Community
SHELDON ANDERSON

10. The Middle East and the Islamic World
MARK ALLEN PETERSON

11. Latin America
JEANNE A. K. HEY

Part Three: Contemporary Global Issues

12. International Terrorism
MARK ALLEN PETERSON

13. Turkey and the European Union: The Crossroad from Europe to Asia
SHELDON ANDERSON

14. Tourism Along the Silk Road
STANLEY W. TOOPS

15. Persistent Political Violence
JEANNE A. K. HEY

16. The Veil Controversy
MARK ALLEN PETERSON

17. The Disintegration of Sudan
SHELDON ANDERSON

18. Global Population Projections
STANLEY W. TOOPS

Conclusion
MARK ALLEN PETERSON

Praise for the third edition:

“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

Praise for prior editions:

“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 and 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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