Misunderstanding International Relations

A Focus on Liberal Democracies

Authors: Burchill, Scott

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  • Draws a link between well-established theoretical insights and contemporary issues in global politics to reveal anomalies on both sides of the IR coin;
  • Examines the extent to which analysis in the field has been adversely distorted by unfounded political and cultural assumptions
  • Complements and supplements both empirical and theoretical IR courses
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This book examines the ways in which the study and practice of international relations are misunderstood, both by scholars and politicians. It begins by examining critical errors in reasoning and argument which determine the way key issues in the field are discussed and explained. It then explores a number of case studies which are affected by these errors, including the legal status of the modern nation-state, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the idea of the Deep State, the relationship between the West and radical Islam, the impact of moral righteousness on historical understanding, and the role of class in modern Western politics.




About the authors

Scott Burchill is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. He is the author of The National Interest in International Relations Theory (2005) and co-author and editor of Theories of International Relations (2013).




Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-4

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  • Critical Thinking: Part One—The Limits of the Expressible

    Pages 5-26

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  • Critical Thinking: Part Two—Escaping the Zeitgeist and Building an Intellectual Self-Defence

    Pages 27-51

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  • Israel-Palestine: Part One—Do States Have a “Right to Exist”?

    Pages 53-62

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  • Israel-Palestine: Part Two—Australian Foreign Policy and the Israel-Palestine Conflict—Avoiding the Colonialist Narrative

    Pages 63-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Misunderstanding International Relations
Book Subtitle
A Focus on Liberal Democracies
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-1936-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-1936-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-1935-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-15-1938-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 164
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