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General Introduction

International Relations focuses primarily on the political and economic relations between/among states in the international system. Specific areas of study within the subdiscipline include international organizations, international conflict, ethnic conflict, international law, trade, diplomacy, and foreign policy.


Background Materials in IR

  • International Relations: A Concise Companion

              Reference JZ1161.W45
              Short guide to basic international relations terminology.

  • American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature
    Reference Z6465.U5 G84 2003
    Two-volume set published by the Society of Historians for American Foreign Relations. Provides excellent annotated bibliographies for major events in American foreign relations. First chapter provides a wonderful overview of available resources in general foreign relations. Great place to start. Rest of volumes organized by time period and foreign policy event/focus.
  • Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations
    Reference JZ1160.N65 2002; 3 volumes
  • International Relations: A Political Dictionary
    JX1226 .Z57 1995

Specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries also exist on subfields within international relations, e.g.

Conflict and Cooperation

  • World Conflicts: A Comprehensive Guide to World Strife since 1945
    Reference D842.B69
    Broken down by continent and then by country. Entries are followed by suggestions for further reading. Goes up to about 1997-1998.
  • Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament
    Reference JX1974.E57
  • World at Risk: A Global Issues Sourcebook
    Reference JZ1242.W67 2002
    Narratives issues affecting the international system. Includes very useful reference and bibliography.
  • World Encylopedia of Peace
    Reference JZ 5533.W67; multiple volumes
    Excellent narratives along with bibliography for terms, figures, and developments in the promotion and study of peace.
  • Global Geopolitical Flashpoints: An Atlas of Conflict
    Reference JC319.A52 2000

Ethnic Conflict and Human Rights

  • Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: Ethnic and National Groups around the World

Reference D860.M56
Four volume set that highlights over 300 developed or emerging national groups worldwide.

  • Encyclopedia of nationalism / editor-in-chief, Alexander Motyl.
    Reference JC311 .E499 2001
  • Nationalism and ethnicity terminologies : an encyclopedic dictionary and research guide / Thomas Spira ; with a foreword by Walker Connor.
    Reference JC311 .S636 1999
  • Human Rights Encyclopedia
    Reference JC571.L523 2001

Political Economy

  • Encyclopedia of Political Economy
    Reference HB61.E554
    Major themes and concepts associated with the intersection of politics and economy, including trade, currency, finance, and the like.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy
    Reference HF1359.R68
    Covers range of empirical, theoretical, and conceptual issues associated with political economy
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of National Economies

Reference HC15 .W673 2002 V.1
Provides a concise and well-arranged overview on the economies of most countries, including discussions of taxation, trade, and finance.

  • Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms
    Reference HF1373 .G77 2003

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