The Basics of Global Politics, a Low-Cost Textbook, Introduces Students to Global International Relations

Jillian Murphy

  • Political science professors create a low-cost international relations textbook for beginner students.
  • Features include an in-depth analysis of schools of thought; discussions about global trends, obstacles, and developing identities; and key terms and a glossary.

Dahlonega, GA—The University of North Georgia (UNG) Press is pleased to announce our latest low-cost textbook: The Basics of Global Politics, releasing April 27, 2021. The Basics of Global Politics is an introduction to world politics for any beginner political science student. This book reviews domestic and international politics, political ideologies, and explores additional critical lenses, such as feminist and environmental theory. Features include an in-depth analysis of realism, liberalism, and constructivism; explanation of changing approaches to international relations after major global conflicts; and discussions about global trends, obstacles, and developing identities in international relations.

Dr. Raluca Viman-Miller and Dr. Dlynn Williams co-edited the book. Dr. Viman-Miller has published on issues such as the impact of migration on political behavior, political communication, and regional and bilateral relations with implications on the European security. Dr. Williams has received awards in both teaching and scholarship. She has been recognized for her internationalization efforts nationally. Due to her strong interest in internationalization, she served as the founding Director of UNG’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE).

Contributing authors include: Dr. Craig Greathouse, who has published on topics addressing European foreign policy, security and defense policy, strategic culture and thought, and cyber war; Dr. Jake Greear, whose research concerns the political, economic, and philosophical implications of current environmental crises; Dr. Christian Harris, who has published on comparative global development and public diplomacy; Dr. Scott Meachum, whose teaching interests include public law at the domestic and international levels; Dr. Jonathan Miner, who specializes in U.S. foreign policy, Turkish/Middle Eastern politics, and international law; Dr. Nathan Price, whose research is primarily focused on European politics; Dr. Sam Rohrer, whose areas of interest include leadership style and trait analysis, secession, maritime crime, and terrorism; Dr. Jennifer Schiff, whose research focuses on global water policy, the human right to water, and the scholarship of teaching and learning; Dr. Seyed Hamid Serri, whose research focuses on security studies and foreign policy analysis; Dr. Laurel Wei, whose research focuses on the international relations of East Asia, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian international political economy, and qualitative content analysis; and Dr. Dwight Wilson, who specializes in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and the intersection of ideas and politics.

The Basics of Global Politics (978-1-940771-84-7) costs $34.99 and is a 6-by-9-inch perfect-bound paperback. Wholesalers can purchase copies from Ingram; individuals can purchase copies from their school bookstore, favorite independent bookstore, and other major retailers. More details can be found at the UNG Press’s website.

The UNG Press is a scholarly, peer-reviewed press that serves as an extension of our sponsoring university, the University of North Georgia. Our primary function is to promote education and research with a special emphasis on innovative scholarship and pedagogy. Through our partnership with Affordable Learning Georgia and eCore, the UNG Press is the leading press in Georgia for producing Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks. Through ALG’s Affordable Materials Grants, the UNG Press provides editorial services, including scholarly peer review, project management, developing production milestones such as chapter outline, dates for completing revisions, and other tasks required to produce quality OER. ###

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