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East, West, North, South

East, West, North, South
Major Developments in International Politics Since 1945

Sixth Edition

312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Now in its sixth edition, Geir Lundestad's popular and long-established introduction to the history and major developments of International Politics since 1945 has been fully revised and updated to cover all important events and key literature. This text provides a clearly written and straightforward overview of all major developments in international relations in a manageable context that does not leave the reader overwhelmed or confused. 

New to this edition

This new edition includes a brand new chapter dedicated to issues between major powers and local conflicts post-2001, a thoroughly updated assessment of the spread of nuclear weapons, and extensive new coverage of economic relations with particular reference to the changing role of Asia.

East, West, North, South remains essential, accessible reading for all students of international relations, world politics and international history.

The New World
The Cold War in Europe, 1945-1949
The Cold War Becomes Global, 1945-1962
Detente between East and West, 1962-1975
Renewed Tension between East and West, 1975-1984
The End of the Cold War, 1984-1990
Major Powers and Local Conflicts after the Cold War, 1990-2009
The Arms Race, 1945-2009
The United States and Western Europe, 1945-2009
The Soviet Union/Russia and the (formerly) Communist Countries, 1945-2009
The Rise of East Asia
Economic Relations between North and South, 1945-2009
Two Theories on Development and Underdevelopment

' of the classic overviews of international politics in the post-war era… might be the best overview in print in any language on international politics' - Journal of Peace Research

'There could hardly be a better introduction to the study of international relations than this already widely-used volume by one of the most accomplished historians of the post-war era' - John Lewis Gaddis

Useful overview of the topic. The title is something of a misnomer as the focus is clearly on East-West relations since WW2. A few passing references and closing chapters deal with South North relations. While the authors wish to make the book accessible and readable to a general audience is commendable this is not a text I would recommend to students, except as an overview, due to the lack of referencing throughout.

Mr Daniel Mcavoy
School of International Development, University of East Anglia
May 25, 2011

clear and easy to read for my students. I will use chapters of the book, to work with several counterpoints from another books. Lundestad create a very good and short summary from a series of events that define the current transition to multipolarity. Is a good textbook for a graduate course.

Professor Juan Battaleme Martinez
International Studies , UNiversidad Argentina de la Empresa
March 14, 2011

I have been using this textbook as essential reading for my first year UG course on 'World Politics' for years and will be assigning the new edition this coming year. It is in my view the best international history textbook for this type of course.

Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso
Politics Dept, Goldsmiths College
July 28, 2010

This book provides a useful reading support that enables students to understand and gain a wider picture of the nature of change in International Politics. This then permits them to see how such changes can/may produce circumstances that can/may induce or encourage state crime etc.

Dr Mervyn Sinclair
E&I school of Human Sciences and Law, Buckinghamshire New University
May 15, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Geir Lundestad

Geir Lundestad was born in 1945. He was professor of history and American Civilization at the University of Tromsø from 1974 to 1990. He has held fellowships at Harvard University (1978–79, 1983) and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC (1988–89).Since 1990 Lundestad has been director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and permanent secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The Committe awards the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1991 he has also been adjunct professor of international history at the University of Oslo.Lundestad has written numerous books and articles on the Cold War and on transatlantic relations. His most recent books are... More About Author