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Pages: 240
Subject: History, Politics
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld

International Relations

A Beginner's Guide

Charles Jones

The essential primer to our globalised world and the discipline that attempts to explain it.
9781780743035 (6 Mar 2014)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.99

The Book

Today, more than ever, we live in a global world. Whether it’s war, economics, politics, or law, our lives are influenced by a complex web of cross-border transactions.

Dr Charles Jones ably provides the building blocks to understand these interactions, outlining the competing theories that attempt to explain them. Arguing that the strength of International Relations lies in its contradictions – it’s not a single discipline but a fascinating mess of history, politics, economics, sociology, law, anthropology, and cultural studies – he provides a lively discussion of the limitations of the field, but also why it is so essential.

Covering conflict, history, and theory, and with a major focus on the global economy, this is the perfect primer for aspiring students of International Relations, workers in an international context, and citizens across the globe.

Additional Information

Subject History, Politics
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Charles Jones is Emeritus Reader in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of American Civilization and E. H. Carr and International Relations.


'The most useful introduction I have seen of its kind. Readers can profit from the entire book, or use it as a reference to learn about institutions, the global economy, armed conflict and the similarities and differences among history, foreign policy and international relations, in practice and theory.'

- Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, Kings College London

'Jones has written a superb introduction to the theory and practice of international relations. It is genuinely innovatory, transcending many of the current debates and reformulating the way that the subject is conventionally presented. By the end of the book he has laid bare the complex connections between theory and practice and demonstrated clearly and concisely the philosophical assumptions that necessarily underpin the field. It is an introduction that is both ground clearing and ground breaking.'

- Richard Little, Professor Emeritus in International Relations, University of Bristol