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An Introduction to International Relations: Australian by Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George

Creation to diplomacy: Australian views presents accomplished insurance of its topic whereas shooting distinctively Australian views and matters. Designed for undergraduate scholars this textbook brings jointly best Australian students to provide energetic introductory analyses of the theories, actors, matters, associations and procedures that animate diplomacy this day. creation to diplomacy: Australian views introduces scholars to the most theoretical views prior to protecting an intensive diversity of themes with historic, functional and normative dimensions.

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It was the most intense and mechanised war yet experienced, with new technologies, including the advent of air power, allowing for new heights of destruction to be reached. The unprecedented destructiveness prompted calls for the eradication of war; it was indeed often referred to as the ‘War to End All Wars’. The traumatic experience of the Great War for Europeans was perhaps compounded by the fact that the years preceding it were relatively peaceful and stable, witnessing marked increases in ‘the number of multilateral conferences, institutions, and organizations’ (Reus-Smit 1999: 133).

Questions 1. What should be studied under the heading ‘international relations’? 2. Should the discipline’s founding premises and purposes still govern the study of international relations? What, if anything, should be the purpose of studying international relations? 3. Does what Ian Clark calls the ‘Great Divide’ still hold today? 4. Does the ‘new’ agenda adequately capture the changes in recent international relations? 5. Which theory or theories can provide most insight into past and present international relations?

Of most concern here is that the ANZAC identity, woven around the deeds and sacrifices of the Australians caught up in the insane destruction of human life at Gallipoli, the Somme and Bullecourt, was, from its beginnings, a narrative designed to serve a particular cultural and political perspective on Australia and its role in the world. And in the years that followed, as Anthony Burke (2001a: 37) has put it, ‘controversy was bled from the memory’ of generations of Australians inculcated in this ANZAC legend, who were then disinclined to question it or the unified national identity forged around it.

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