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PS20 week 1 notes (lec 1 and 2)

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PS20 week 1 notes (lec 1 and 2) POL SCI 20

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Political Science 20: World Politics lecture notes for week 1.
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Date Created: 10/10/15
Political Science 20 World Politics Professor Robert Trager Week 1 Lecture 1 Introduction The Study of International Relations The following are the themes that we will study throughout this course 0 How do states decide what to do What would you expect US policy to be after the fall of the Soviet Union Conquer Russia Get rid of communism in the world gtgtgt befriended and supported new Russian leader What would Britain have doen had it lost the Battle of Britain gtgtgt the plan was to send the remaining naval force to US and help others defeat Germany Why did Hitler declare war on practically everyone gtgtgt it was a strategy at that point if Germany were to have war with Russia and America anyways then it was the best and safest action by Hitler39s thinking How do states decide who their friends are when to go to war whom to trade with etc o How to international institutions shape preferences and outcomes Studies show that con icts where UN peacekeepers were sent to were more likely to have wars then where they weren t sent 0 How does domestic politics in uence international politics vice versa ls democracy promotion a sensible reason to go to war 0 How do global economic trends ex globalization in uence world politics Does the quotdevelopedquot world keep the quotdevelopingquot world from improving What are the implications of capital mobility for workers from different parts of the world and what effects are done to the relations between nations Exchange rates Implications of free trade response of global social forces 0 Human rights and environmental legislation Is there hope for coordinated action to save the planet Can global human rights be improved How 0 Overall this course will cover general themes regarding world system relationships of economics and politics and evolutionary trajectory Week 1 Lecture 2 A Helicopter Tour of International History Materialism vs Idealism Which of the two shape historical events What changes and what remains the same in international politics World historical eras Mercantilist Era 14921815 Fax Britanica 18151914 Thirty Years39 Crisis 19141945 Cold War 19451990 Globalization 1990present Mercantilism De nition an idea which encouraged the use of military power to enrich imperial governments Viewed economics as zero sum total if one side gains other side has to lose Controls on trade viewed as power Sovereignty leaders leave well enough alone in each other s domains Fight for hegemony in 17005 still frequent con icts in Europe to conquer colonies Pax Britanica The 19th century involved the death of mercantilism the demise of mercantilism was noted by freer trade need for stable exchange rates gold standard and rst era of globalization Hegemonic stability Reduced colonialism initially with the end of mercantilism but territorial expansions burst after 1870 in search for new markets Reduced con ict the sources of con ict after 1900 were weakening of a few empires new politics changing European power balance etc Industrial revolution starts in Britain late 18th century Rise of Germany through Crimean War war between Prussia and Austria 1866 FrancoPrussian War 1870 and Uni cation of Germany 1871 Europe divides into Central powers Germany AustriaHungary Ottoman and Bulgaria and Allied powers Britain France and Russia


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