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Michael Cox - Author

About the Author

Michael Cox has been planning and drafting The Meaning of Night  for thirty years. He is a former editor at Oxford University Press and biographer of the ghost story writer M. R. James. His lifelong passion for Victorian literature led him to edit a number of collections of short fiction from the period, including The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories. He lives in rural Northamptonshire – where The Meaning of Night  is partly set – with his wife.

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Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2018

Schools across the UK are catching the Bug, and now so can kids at home! Bug Club is one of the best-loved reading programmes in primary schools and kids just love reaching for the bookshelves to find their favourite Bug Club book. Here's some of the great things people have been saying about Bug Club: They are so used to TV, DVDs and everything else, that getting them interested in reading is really hard. But Bug Club had children laughing, engaged and begging for more! - Wendy Jenkins, Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Bug Club deserves gushing praise It will help children get the best possible start in their reading journey and enjoy page after page of reading success. - Teach Primary Magazine When the books went home, the response from parents was tremendous. Bug Club has been an inspiration to the whole school family. - Tristran Roberts, Headteacher Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2018

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to False Nines

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

Mixer

Mixer

Author: Michael Cox Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition. Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically. And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence. The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson's directness to Keegan's relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho's cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri's counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2013

The promotion of democracy by the United States became highly controversial during the presidency of George W. Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were widely perceived as failed attempts at enforced democratization, sufficient that Barack Obama has felt compelled to downplay the rhetoric of democracy and freedom in his foreign-policy. This collection seeks to establish whether a democracy promotion tradition exists, or ever existed, in US foreign policy, and how far Obama and his predecessors conformed to or repudiated it. For more than a century at least, American presidents have been driven by deep historical and ideological forces to conceive US foreign policy in part through the lens of democracy promotion. Debating how far democratic aspirations have been realized in actual foreign policies, this book draws together concise studies from many of the leading academic experts in the field to evaluate whether or not these efforts were successful in promoting democratization abroad. They clash over whether democracy promotion is an appropriate goal of US foreign policy and whether America has gained anything from it. Offering an important contribution to the field, this work is essential reading for all students and scholars of US foreign policy, American politics and international relations.

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2013

The promotion of democracy by the United States became highly controversial during the presidency of George W. Bush. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were widely perceived as failed attempts at enforced democratization, sufficient that Barack Obama has felt compelled to downplay the rhetoric of democracy and freedom in his foreign-policy. This collection seeks to establish whether a democracy promotion tradition exists, or ever existed, in US foreign policy, and how far Obama and his predecessors conformed to or repudiated it. For more than a century at least, American presidents have been driven by deep historical and ideological forces to conceive US foreign policy in part through the lens of democracy promotion. Debating how far democratic aspirations have been realized in actual foreign policies, this book draws together concise studies from many of the leading academic experts in the field to evaluate whether or not these efforts were successful in promoting democratization abroad. They clash over whether democracy promotion is an appropriate goal of US foreign policy and whether America has gained anything from it. Offering an important contribution to the field, this work is essential reading for all students and scholars of US foreign policy, American politics and international relations.

ZSL Big Swamp Beasts

ZSL Big Swamp Beasts

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

They slither, they bite, they go bump in the night. Meet the Big Swamp Beasts! From crocodiles and snakes to birds, frogs and bugs, meet the strangest and most amazing creatures that live in the world's wet, murky and muddy swamps. This highly engaging information book makes the world of exotic animals accessible to young readers. Packed with amazing facts, stories and high interest information about each of the swamp things covered, each spread is accompanied by quirky full-colour, annotated illustrations and amazing photography. Readers will learn everything about swamp animal characteristics, habitats, and where they are found. Each title will contain fascinating feature spreads including conservation information, evolution facts and animal atlases, as well as swamp beast statistics and quirky and amazing swamp facts.

A Companion to the Cold War

A Companion to the Cold War

Author: Michael Cox, Nicholas Kitchen Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/04/2012

Fitter, Faster, Funnier Olympics Everything you ever wanted to know about the Olympics but were afraid to ask

Fitter, Faster, Funnier Olympics Everything you ever wanted to know about the Olympics but were afraid to ask

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/02/2012

From unbelievable tales of triumph (with all the shocking bits left in) to incredible facts about Olympic athletes, this is an aspirational, informative, interactive and hilarious guide to the Olympics - what they're all about and what made them what they are today. Packed with funny illustrations, inspirational ideas and amazing activities, this is a brilliant guide to the Olympics past and present.

ZSL Big Cats

ZSL Big Cats

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

This fearsomely gripping big cat catalogue is the first of a series of books looking at different animal groups, starting with Big Cats. This highly engaging information book makes the world of exotic animals accessible to young readers. Packed with amazing facts, stories and high interest information about each of the big cats covered, each spread is accompanied by quirky full-colour, annotated illustrations and amazing photography. Focusing on animals found at London and Whipsnade Zoos and in the wild, readers will learn everything about big cat characteristics, habitats, and where they are found. Each title will contain fascinating feature spreads including conservation information, evolution facts and animal atlases, as well as big cat statistics and quirky and amazing big cat facts. Book band: Dark Red Ideal for Age 10 - 11

Itchy Feet

Itchy Feet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2011

Wild Things To Do With Woodlice And 364 Other Amazing Nature Activities

Wild Things To Do With Woodlice And 364 Other Amazing Nature Activities

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2010

Can't tell a blackbird from a blackberry, a butterfly from a buttercup or a hedgehog from a hedgerow? This action-packed book filled with nature activities, facts and tales will tell you everything you need to know about how to get stuck into nature. From how to stalk a shrew, make a bee barn, to how to take amazing phone-camera snaps, or construct a woodlouse maze out of Lego, this book is packed full of amazing nature activities for every day of the year. Also find out: Who kept a pocket full of toads; How best to watch woodlouse drinking through their bottoms; Who is famous for eating bowls of slug stew? Where to find the best live nature webcams and much, much more.

Nightmare at Trowser's Down

Nightmare at Trowser's Down

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2010

As soon as Tiffany sets eyes on Crumbling Cow cottage, she realises that moving there is the worst decision her parents have ever made. And she knows that sooner or later it will bring the whole family a lot of trouble. But what she doesn't know is just how terrible that trouble will be...and just how soon it will all begin!

The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2009

1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of lady's-maid. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de lOrme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanzas own closest interests are bound up. Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most. A sequel to the widely praised The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is a page-turning period mystery and a gripping novel about identity, obsession and secrets.

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2008

The thrill and chill of the ghost story is displayed in all its variety and vitality through this marvellous anthology. Ranging from the early 19th century to the 1960s, the collection reveals the development of the genre, and showcases many of its greatest expositors - from Sir Walter Scott, H. G. Wells, M. R. James, T. H. White, Walter de la Mare, and Elizabeth Bowen in the UK to Edith Wharton in America. Though its heyday coincided with the golden age of Empire in the nineteenth century, the ghost story enjoyed a second flowering between the two World Wars and its popularity is as great as ever.

How to Drink from a Frog And Other Things You Need to Know About Food

How to Drink from a Frog And Other Things You Need to Know About Food

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2008

How To Drink From a Frog weaves essential nutritional know-how into a humorous narrative packed with jokes, cartoons, recipes, quizzes and activities. From medieval table manners to surprising modern additives, the author takes an entertaining look at the history, geography and science of all things edible. Funny, fascinating and yucky food facts are combined with healthy eating information that every child needs to know. The engaging style will appeal to children who usually find healthy eating advice hard to digest.

Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Identical twins Hailey and Hugo Huckleberry win the prize of a lifetime - the chance to meet their favourite horror author, the mysterious and reclusive Chad Piranha. Accompanied by Chad's editor, Tamara, they set off for his solitary mountain hideaway. But little do they suspect the series of horrific and blood-curdling events that are in store. A spoof horror story from a master of black comic writing.

Combustion Residues Current, Novel and Renewable Applications

Combustion Residues Current, Novel and Renewable Applications

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2008

The first book on novel products derived from the new generation of combustion ashes, Combustion Residues -Sustainable Applications discusses the nature of ashes derived from coal co-combustion, biomass, and other fuels in traditional and stand-alone power plants and municipal waste incinerators. In addition, the book examines the development of novel commercial products incorporating such ashes, including the importance of technical and environmental standards, marketing strategies, and promotion.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Balthasar - Baz - a Montague mob foot soldier and Romeo's right hand man - narrates the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story unfolds on a contemporary Nottingham estate, where trouble is brewing between the Montague Mob and the Capulet Crew. A contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, but there are still no happy endings...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Balthasar - Baz - a Montague mob foot soldier and Romeo's right hand man - narrates the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story unfolds on a contemporary Nottingham estate, where trouble is brewing between the Montague Mob and the Capulet Crew. A contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, but there are still no happy endings...

Twentieth Century International Relations Volumes I-IV

Twentieth Century International Relations Volumes I-IV

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2007

The first four volumes of this eight volume set provide comprehensive coverage of the factors that determined the evolution of world system in the twentieth century. Between them they consider the central questions of the period: - Why did the 'long peace' of the nineteenth century break down so completely between 1914 and 1945? - How and by what means was a new kind of order created between 1947 and 1991? - Why did this apparently durable system fall apart and with what consequences for the next century? With over 80 thematically organized articles selection by Michael Cox, Volumes 1-4 examine the 20th century as a period of unprecedented turbulence, marked by unprecedented global confrontations. Volume One looks at the causes and consequences of the collapse of the balance of power after 1914. Volume Two examines the emergence of the United States and its impact on international politics in a bipolar world. Volume Three consdiers the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War. Volume Four looks at the ways theorists of international relations conceptualized the post-Cold War unipolar `moment' under conditions of globalization. Together the Volumes combine to provide an unparalleled resource providing broad coverage of the subject with historical depth and contemporary relevance. The SAGE Library of International Relations is a new series of major works that will bring together the most influential and field-defining articles, both classical and contemporary, in a number of key areas of research and inquiry in International Relations. Each multi-volume set will represent a collection of the essential published works collated from the foremost publications in the field by an Editor or Editorial Team of renowned international stature. They will also include a full introduction, presenting a rationale for the selection and mapping out the discipline's past, present and likely future. This series is designed to be a `gold standard' for university libraries throughout the world with an interest in World Politics and International Relations.

Twentieth Century International Relations

Twentieth Century International Relations

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2007

Normal Price: GBP1000,00 Special pre-publication offer - Save GBP100.00 This eight volume set provides comprehensive coverage of the factors that determined the evolution of world system in the twentieth century. Volumes 1-4 examine the 20th century as a period of unprecedented turbulence, marked by unprecedented global confrontations. Volumes 5-8 explore what happened following the collapse of the bipolar order in 1989 and the implications of this transition for the conduct of international relations. Volume One looks at the causes and consequences of the collapse of the balance of power after 1914. Volume Two examines the emergence of the United States and its impact on international politics in a bipolar world. Volume Three consdiers the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War. Volume Four looks at the ways theorists of international relations conceptualized the post-Cold War unipolar `moment' under conditions of globalization. Volume Five traces the rise of the new Europe but explains the continuing weakness of Europe as an international actor. Volume Six examines the claim that the new 21st century is more likely to revolve around the Pacific than the United States or the Atlantic. Volume Seven asks the question: whatever happened to the Third Word? Volume Eight explores the possible sources of new challenges to international order following the brutal termination of the short-lived post-Cold War era on September 11, 2001. Together the Volumes combine to provide an unparalleled resource providing broad coverage of the subject with historical depth and contemporary relevance. The SAGE Library of International Relations is a new series of major works that will bring together the most influential and field-defining articles, both classical and contemporary, in a number of key areas of research and inquiry in International Relations. Each multi-volume set will represent a collection of the essential published works collated from the foremost publications in the field by an Editor or Editorial Team of renowned international stature. They will also include a full introduction, presenting a rationale for the selection and mapping out the discipline's past, present and likely future.

Twentieth Century International Relations Volumes V-VIII

Twentieth Century International Relations Volumes V-VIII

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2007

The second four volumes of this eight volume set provide comprehensive coverage of the factors that determined the evolution of world system in the twentieth century. Between them they consider the central questions of the period: - Why did the 'long peace' of the nineteenth century break down so completely between 1914 and 1945? - How and by what means was a new kind of order created between 1947 and 1991? - Why did this apparently durable system fall apart and with what consequences for the next century? With over 80 thematically organized articles selection by Michael Cox, Volumes 5-8 explore what happened following the collapse of the bipolar order in 1989 and the implications of this transition for the conduct of international relations. Volume Five traces the rise of the new Europe but explains the continuing weakness of Europe as an international actor. Volume Six examines the claim that the new 21st century is more likely to revolve around the Pacific than the United States or the Atlantic. Volume Seven asks the question: whatever happened to the Third Word? Volume Eight explores the possible sources of new challenges to international order following the brutal termination of the short-lived post-Cold War era on September 11, 2001. Together the volumes combine to provide an unparalleled resource providing broad coverage of the subject with historical depth and contemporary relevance. The SAGE Library of International Relations is a new series of major works that will bring together the most influential and field-defining articles, both classical and contemporary, in a number of key areas of research and inquiry in international relations. Each multi-volume set will represent a collection of the essential published works collated from the foremost publications in the field by an Editor or Editorial Team of renowned international stature. They will also include a full introduction, presenting a rationale for the selection and mapping out the discipline's past, present and likely future. This series is designed to be a `gold standard' for university libraries throughout the world with an interest in world politics and international relations.

The Glass of Time

The Glass of Time

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2007

1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of lady's-maid. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own closest interests are bound up. Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most. A sequel to the widely praised The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is both a page-turning period mystery and a gripping study of identity, the nature of secrets, and what can happen when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present.

Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper

Captain Codswallop and the Flying Kipper

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2006

This laugh-out-loud comic romp marks Michael Cox's debut on the A&C Black children's list. Captain Codswallop's pirate ship has been stolen by the ruthless highwayman, Dick Turnip. But it seems that Dick is even more incompetent than the captain and his hapless crew. However, the pirates get more than they bargained for when they find themselves head-to-head with the Spanish Armada.

A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement

A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement

Author: Michael Cox, Adrian Guelke, Fiona Stephen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2006

The signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 appeared to open up a new phase in the history of Northern Ireland and indeed world politics generally. Hailed from the outset as a model that would inspire peace processes in other countries, it sought through careful negotiation and delicate compromise to bring to a conclusion a conflict that had cost over 3600 lives, damaged Britain's international position and at times come very close to undermining relations between the UK and Ireland. While the peace has held it is obvious that serious divisions continue to make a final settlement of the Northern Irish question very difficult. This comprehensive and original study is the first to explain in detail how the Good Friday Agreement ran into trouble, why we are still some way from a final settlement, but why a return to war is most unlikely - even in an age where global terror now threatens world order more seriously than at any time in the past. This new edition of an established, authoritative text will be essential reading for students, researchers and academics of Irish politics, conflict and peace studies, and international relations. -- .

A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement

A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement

Author: Michael Cox, Adrian Guelke, Fiona Stephen Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2006

The signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 appeared to open up a new phase in the history of Northern Ireland and indeed world politics generally. Hailed from the outset as a model that would inspire peace processes in other countries, it sought through careful negotiation and delicate compromise to bring to a conclusion a conflict that had cost over 3600 lives, damaged Britain's international position and at times come very close to undermining relations between the UK and Ireland. While the peace has held it is obvious that serious divisions continue to make a final settlement of the Northern Irish question very difficult. This comprehensive and original study is the first to explain in detail how the Good Friday Agreement ran into trouble, why we are still some way from a final settlement, but why a return to war is most unlikely - even in an age where global terror now threatens world order more seriously than at any time in the past. This new edition of an established, authoritative text will be essential reading for students, researchers and academics of Irish politics, conflict and peace studies, and international relations. -- .

The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2003

The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror. Throughout the nineteenth century fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the more general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it. Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of them still retain their original power to surprise and unsettle. The editors map out the development of the ghost story from 1850 to the early years of the twentieth century and demonstrate the importance of this form of short fiction in Victorian popular culture. As well as reprinting stories by supernatural specialists such as J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James, this selection also emphasizes the key role played by women writers - Elizabeth Gaskell, Mrs Craik, Rhoda Broughton, and Charlotte Riddell, among many others - and offers one or two genuine rarities for the supernatural fiction enthusiast to savour. Other writers represented include Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and R. L. Stevenson. The editors also provide a fascinating introduction, detailed source notes, and a chronological list of ghost stories collections from 1850 to 1910.

Empires, Systems and States Great Transformations in International Politics

Empires, Systems and States Great Transformations in International Politics

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2002

This volume brings together a collection of leading scholars to consider various dimensions of the 'turn' to history in International Relations. The scope of this volume is broad. It includes conventional accounts of the development of the European states system, but is not limited by it. Other essays consider the non-European experience; a number of path-breaking essays on how other cultures and continents have ordered their political communities, in particular, the question how and why a states system triumphed over other forms of political organisation. The theme of the subtitle - great transformations - is pursued by each author. The essays consider one of the biggest questions of our time, namely, how did we arrive at this historical and institutional expression of political community? And what alternative future world orders exist? The volume will be of interest to scholars of International Relations and History interested in great transformations in world politics.

American Democracy Promotion Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts

American Democracy Promotion Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2000

Why does the United States promote democracy? How successful has it been? And why do critics often attack it for doing so? These are at least three of the questions examined in this wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image. The answers provided by a distinguished group of analysts are as diverse as they are challenging to traditional ways of thinking about US democracy promotion in terms of either a misconstrued moralism or an ideological facade masking some deeper, more sinister purpose. As we enter into the Twenty First century with American hegemony intact, it is vital to understand what drives the world's last remaining superpower. And this original study helps us do precisely that by exploring in detail and depth one of the more contentious, least analysed and most misunderstood aspects of American foreign policy.

Beyond the Cold War Superpowers at the Crossroads

Beyond the Cold War Superpowers at the Crossroads

Author: Michael Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/1990

Since the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, observers increasingly ask, Is the Cold War over? What do these changes mean for foreign policy? How confident can we be about anyone's ability to foresee the future? This volume brings together a representative group of interpreters of the Cold War to address some of the recurrent questions. Responses divide both scholars and politicians. Critics of the Bush administration charge it has shown more nostalgia for the familiar patterns of the Cold War than energy in responding to changes in Soviet-American relations. Serious scholars who often agree on foreign policy assessments differ on key issues concerning the end of the Cold War and what will take its place. Contributors: William D. Anderson, Clay Clemens, Michael Cox, Anton W. Deporte, R. Bates Gill, Norman Graebner, Sterling Kernek, Shao-Chuan Leng, Peter Rutland, Peter Shearman, Steve Smith, Jack Spence, and Kenneth W. Thompson. Co-Published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Beyond the Cold War Superpowers at the Crossroads

Beyond the Cold War Superpowers at the Crossroads

Author: Michael Cox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1990

Since the rise to power of Mikhail Gorbachev, observers increasingly ask, 'Is the Cold War over? What do these changes mean for foreign policy? How confident can we be about anyone's ability to foresee the future?' This volume brings together a representative group of interpreters of the Cold War to address some of the recurrent questions. Responses divide both scholars and politicians. Critics of the Bush administration charge it has shown more nostalgia for the familiar patterns of the Cold War than energy in responding to changes in Soviet-American relations. Serious scholars who often agree on foreign policy assessments differ on key issues concerning the end of the Cold War and what will take its place. Contributors: William D. Anderson, Clay Clemens, Michael Cox, Anton W. Deporte, R. Bates Gill, Norman Graebner, Sterling Kernek, Shao-Chuan Leng, Peter Rutland, Peter Shearman, Steve Smith, Jack Spence, and Kenneth W. Thompson. Co-Published with the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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