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The European Union in the 1990s: reassessing the bases of integration

Taylor, Paul (1996) The European Union in the 1990s: reassessing the bases of integration. In: Woods, Ngaire, (ed.) Explaining International Relations since 1945. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198741961

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History and theory are all too often treated as separate approaches to international relations. This book offers an accessible synthesis of sophisticated theory and in-depth history. The uses of theory are examined in the opening section which includes a defence of the historical method by John Lewis Gaddis and the arguments for a more scientific method by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita. The subsequent chapters of the book take major issues and episodes in international relations since 1945 (such as the rise of Japan, change in Latin America, wars in the Middle East, and decolonization) and demonstrate how it is that particular theories assist in explaining them. These include theories of power, cooperation, alliances, empire, integration, and arms control. The student is left with a nuanced view of history and a critical but constructive approach to theories of international relations. The book challenges both students and academics to think afresh about the ways they analyse international relations.

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Additional Information: © 1996 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:03

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