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Political Science Resources

 

The Academic Success Center located in room CM110, offers many resources to political science students.  Some of the resources include software, videos, and texts that will supplement students' class sessions.

The following are some of the resources that can be found at the Academic Success Center.

 Texts
Textbook CoverAmerican Government: The Essentials This classic text explores the roots of our national political system, and shows how the fundamental features of our government influence the lives of all Americans.  The text focuses on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American Government, the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies, and who governs in America and to what ends.
 
Textbook CoverBalancing Act In this book the author argues that US foreign policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has been determined at three levels of analysis: that of systemic strategic context, that of domestic politics, and that of individual decision-makers. In this book he explores the role of each level of influence, as well as the implications for the exposure which the US has chosen.
 
Textbook CoverCivilization Past & Present This text waves together the diverse trends of world history into a clear analysis for today's students. From an author team of specialists in Islamic, African, Asian, Russian, and East European history-this book delivers a strong narrative of world history and a level of detail that is manageable for the students and solid for the instructor. Using images and documents that enhance the chapter content, the narrative traces connections across cultures and social, political, economic, religious, cultural, and geographic.
 
Textbook CoverGlobal Governance: Germany and Japan in the International System Since September 11 2001, the global ability to manage international problems and conflicts has faced major challenges. This capacity rests on the power and influence of key players in the international system; obviously, the United States plays a pivotal role, but while most analyses of international relations have designated Russia and China the next most influential actors, the major economic powers of Germany and Japan also have important roles to play. These two countries together represent two-thirds of the size of the US economy and with America account for more than half of global gross product.
 
Textbook CoverInternational Relations This text discusses about the 2003 war in Iraq, North Korea's nuclear expansion, and other world events, giving students the information they need to understand and analyze international politics today . Lauded for its commitment to currency, lively writing style, and abundance of real-world examples, International Relations has long been a favorite of both students and instructors because it makes the rich complexity of international politics accessible and exciting.
 
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Textbook CoverOil in the Gulf This book contains an up-to-date analysis of central questions affecting the construction of a post-Ba'th regime in Iraq, and charts possible ways forward in other key states of the region such as Saudi Arabia and Iran


 
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Independence from America

"This is a compelling, informative account of the strategies used by powerful states and global financial institutions to draw poor states into their political sphere and economic ambit during the last help century..."
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Strategic Preemption

An excellent supplementary text for courses on conflict and security, foreign policy, Middle East studies and international relations more generally.
Textbook CoverPaths to International Political Economy The problems of a troubled world economy and the essentially political issues of how it should be managed make up the stuff of international political economy. The overwhelming importance of these questions has drawn ever increasing numbers of students and teachers in universities, colleges and schools to study the subject. There are many paths into international political economy for them to follow and this volume discusses most of them.
 
Textbook CoverQuestion of Balance: The President, the Congress, and Foreign Policy This book explores the sources of the conflict, its consequences for the formulation and conduct of foreign policy, and ways to improve the relations between Congress and the president.


 
Textbook CoverWe the People In its first two editions, We the People confronted the trend toward political apathy and cynicism by underscoring the direct impact of government on students' lives and the vital importance of political engagement in a democratic society. More than ever before, the Third Edition—along with the outstanding Web site that accompanies it—embraces the theme of political participation and encourages students to get involved, whether it be in their communities or at the national level.
 
 Videos
Endgame in Ireland: Cease-fire Endgame in Ireland explores the dramatic history of the peace process in Northern Ireland and the complex negotiations that have attempted to establish new relations between Catholics and Protestants. Interviews with key participants and leaders - including Margaret Thatcher, Irish Prime Minister Garret Fitzgerald, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton -- provide fascinating insight as the series retells key historical moments, including the 1984 Brighton bombing and the signings of the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Good Friday Agreement.
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Frontline: Videos Public television's highest rated public affairs series, FRONTLINE has been nationally recognized with Emmy, Peabody Awards, and DuPont-Columbia Awards. FRONTLINE investigates a broad spectrum of important events and the year's most critical issues. This major PBS documentary series probes into the heart of the issues behind the latest headlines, often with exclusive reports and offers an unparalleled collection of studies in American and world history, the environment, government and politics, military and business affairs and a wide variety of social issues including adoption, divorce, drug abuse, healthcare, and racism, to mention only a few.

Battle for the Holy Land
With Israelis and Palestinians preparing for possible all-out war, FRONTLINE investigates how combatants pursue the deadly conflict on the ground. How did a war once fought with stones evolve into a battle of suicide bombings and targeted killings? With exclusive access to Israeli commando units and Palestinian militants, investigators reveal tactics and strategies behind the fighting and report on the latest cycle of Holy Land violence.
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Frontline World: May 23, 2002
Two reporters travel to West Africa to investigate an international gun smuggling operation. A video journalist visits the tropical island of Sri Lanka to learn what motivates a suicide bomber. A young woman journeys to the Himalayas to witness how television is transforming an isolated Buddhist kingdom. FRONTLINE/World turns its lens on the global community, introducing viewers to countries and cultures rarely covered by U.S. media.
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Ghosts of Rwanda
FRONTLINE marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, the two-hour documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community.
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Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
FRONTLINE offers two starkly contrasting images: one of empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio; the other, a sea of high rises in the South China boomtown of Shenzhen. The connection between American job losses and soaring Chinese exports? Wal-Mart. For Wal-Mart, China has become the cheapest, most reliable production platform in the world, the source of up to $25 billion in annual imports that help the company deliver everyday low prices.
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Shattered Dreams
In mid-2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators nearly reached a peace agreement. Within weeks, the opportunity vanished. FRONTLINE examines the faltering quest for peace in SHATTERED DREAMS OF PEACE, beginning with the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. The two-hour documentary traces the peace process through years of negotiations, with new footage of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and interviews with key figures on both sides.
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Terror and Teheran
As the war on terrorism enters a broader phase, Americans once again turn their eyes toward Iran, for many forever linked with the hostage crisis and Iranian revolution of 1979. FRONTLINE takes viewers INSIDE THE AXIS OF EVIL to reveal today's Iran, labeled by President Bush as a state sponsor of terrorism. Does the current Iranian regime hold weapons of mass destruction? Is modern-day Iran still fanatically religious and anti-American?
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Liberia: America’s Stepchild This documentary follows the history of the small West African country of Liberia from its hopeful beginnings in 1821 to its present state of poverty and despair. The country was named for liberty and founded by free American blacks, but the struggle between the indigenous peoples and the colonizers created tensions that eventually erupted into tribal war. Using interviews, archival materials and footage shot on location by filmmaker Nancee Oku Bright, herself a Liberian and a high United Nations official, LIBERIA: AMERICA'S STEPCHILD is a searing look at a shattered land that once had the closest relationship with the U.S. in all of Africa.
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People's Century: 1965 Great Leap In China, Communism got a second chance. Simpler and more radical than the Soviet model, Chinese Communism sprang from the countryside rather than from the city. Mao Zedong tried to build a Communist society free of the corruption and revisionism he believed had derailed the Soviet original. When Mao felt China was turning down the capitalist road, he proclaimed a Cultural Revolution, in which unspeakable violence against intellectuals and other subversives swept the country.
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People's Century: Red Flag When Lenin's Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace, they promised to liberate the Russian worker and usher in a new era of equality and freedom. Millions were drawn by this promise and fought to defend their ideas in a bloody civil war. As Communism was put into practice, the Russian people lived through the greatest social experiment the world has ever seen. After Lenin's death, Russia worked toward Stalin's far more severe vision of a new Soviet society--but as the limitations of Communism became clear to those who lived under it, hope soon gave way to despair.
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