Eric Shiraev, Ph.D. Books, Publications, Research, Teaching, and Collaborative Projects

                         Most Recent Books: Brief Descriptions and Links


ISBN13: 9780199746514  ISBN10: 0199746516
Paperback, 528 pages
Oxford University Press

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  A brief edition is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2013

Our approach: What do we study in international relations? How do we study it? And how do we apply it? Using these guiding questions as a framework, International Relations shows students how to think critically about issues in world politics. In each chapter, a brief opening case is followed by a description of key developments, an explanation of the main approaches to analyze them, and applications of those approaches in individual, state, and global contexts. The authors provide extensive historical information throughout, giving students a holistic frame of reference from which to understand current events.

Brief Contents of International Relations

  Preface.  Maps of the World

  Part I. Studying International Relations

  Chapter 1: Studying International Relations 
  Chapter 2: The Realist Perspective

  Chapter 3: The Liberal Perspective
  Chapter 4: Alternative Views

Part II. Three Facets of a Global World

  Chapter 5: International Security    
  Chapter 6: International Law
  Chapter 7: International Political Economy

Part III. Twenty-First Century Challenges

  Chapter 8: International Terrorism  
  Chapter 9: Environmental Problems and International Politics 
  Chapter 10: Humanitarian Problems  
  Chapter 11: Hearts and Minds: Identity and Political Culture   
  Chapter 12: Forecasting the World of 2025

Glossary    References   Credits    Index


Eric Shiraev. Russian Government and Politics (London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan).  Second Edition is coming out in 2013.

See the table of contents, a sample chapter, and other materials on the book's website.

Every country changes with time, but very few countries alter as dramatically as Russia has done over the past 20 or so years. Russia has changed as a state, nation, and military power. It transformed its entire political and economic system. After the end of the Soviet Union in 1991––Russia was one of its 15 constituent republics––the country had to totally redefine its role as a reliable partner, global player, and an efficient member of international institutions. These years saw a difficult process of reinventing, rebuilding, and restructuring. Russia keeps on changing today. Therefore, for those who study Russia, grasping these developments and interpreting them will remain a challenge. 

This book provides a clear and comprehensive picture of Russian politics which does full justice to its changes, challenges, and paradoxes. The second edition has been fully updated to cover important developments, such as Putin’s return to the presidency, the transformation of domestic political opposition, and the impact of global developments on Russian politics.

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Eric Shiraev. A History of Psychology: A Global Perspective. Thousand Oaks (CA): Sage. Second edition is coming out in 2014.

The ideas and materials for A History of Psychology, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, have been assembled over several years and frequent-flyer plans. The ageless streets of Vienna and Zurich, the confident beauty of Cornell University buildings, the old academic glory of Paris and Berlin, the scholarly tradition of Leipzig and Heidelberg, the poise of Harvard and Columbia lecture halls, the rebellious spirit of Berkeley, the casual simplicity of Pavlov’s laboratories near St. Petersburg in Russia—all of them and many other travel, research, and teaching experiences have had a lasting impact on this book. Psychology’s history is about remarkable individuals. It is also about the amazing times when our ancestors and predecessors lived, created, and laid the foundations of today’s psychology.

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                                                   Work in Progress

Martijn Icks and I have finalized a contract to publish "Character Assassination Throughout the Ages". Our publisher will be Palgrave Macmillan.  In this book, leading international historians,, political scientists, and psychologists examine the methods and effects of character assassination and defamation. 

The topic, the method, and the audience

Character assassination is a deliberate damage of an individual’s reputation. Most notable victims of character assassination are political leaders, officials, celebrities, writers, scientists, athletes and other public figures. “Character assassins” target private lives, behavior, values, and identity of their victims. The editors and contributors to this volume have gathered cases and insights from the fields of history, political science and psychology to track many common characteristics of character assassination as well as to describe their unique features over different times and places. The authors show that character assassination is a timeless, cross-cultural phenomenon that reveals itself in a variety of forms and methods typical for every cultural, political, and technological epoch. The book is designed for an educated audience, historians, sociologists, psychologists, journalists as well as students majoring in political science, history, sociology, psychology, and communications.