From Cold War to Collapse: Theory and World Politics in the 1980s

From Cold War to Collapse: Theory and World Politics in the 1980s


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The 1980s was a decade of upheaval unprecedented since the conclusion of World War Two. In 1980 superpower détente had been abandoned and there was no sign of an end to the competition and conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. By the end of the decade, however, the Cold War was officially declared to have ended. The suddeness and rapidity of change took most observers by surprise, and led many to reassess their assumptions about global politics. This volume brings together a number of scholars who review their own ideas alongside the writing of others to discuss how well their International Relations theories have survived the collapse of the Cold War. It asks a number of questions about how the Cold War should be conceptualised: why theorists overlooked the potential for change in Eastern Europe; why the Soviet Union shifted its foreign policy; the contribution of radical and feminist theory; and the future of International Relations theory itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780521426121
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/19/1992
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series , #25
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: towards a new synthesis of international relations Robin Brown; 2. The Cold War as inter-systemic conflict - initial theses Fred Halliday; 3. Radical theory and the New Cold War Michael Cox; 4. Theories of stability and the end of the Cold War Richard Crockatt; 5. Explaining theory and international relations Marysia Zalewski; 7. No loner 'a tournament of distinctive knights'? Systemic transition and the priority of international order N. J. Rengger; Further reading; Index.

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