Understanding International Relations By Chris Brown. The most important change to the third edition of Understanding International Relations is that this is now a collaborative book. I(irsten Ainley wrote Chapter 11, revised Chapters 2-6, carried out bibliographical work for the entire book, and read and commented on every chapter. This collaboration has worked remarkably well; Kirsten has produced an outstanding chapter. The book as a whole is much improved by her contribution. In short. This is now her book as well as mine, although, since the basic structure and many of its idiosyncrasies are inherited from earlier editions, I remain, in the last resort, solely responsible for its content.
We promised to provide a fuller account of globalization in future editions. In the Preface to the last edition, and we hope to have fulfilled this promise in the third edition. However, the Spring of 2001 saw the publication of the second edition. Six months before the attacks on America on 9/11. The third edition inevitably reflects the fallout from 9/11 and its causes, which are by no means unconnected to the processes summarized as globalization.
Chapters 1 to 6 – which trace the history of the discourse of International Relations (IR) and its core concepts. More or less as in previous editions, with a few additional illustrations and examples. Fully updated guides to further reading. We have reorganized material found spread over five chapters of the last edition into Chapters 7-9, ‘Global Governance’, ‘The Global Economy’ and ‘Globalization’. We eliminated some purely historical material. Pruned some sections, but this change is mainly a matter of reorganization rather than extensive cutting. One substantive change we made is eliminating the chapter devoted to the South.Understanding International Relations By Chris Brown