Study of History and Theory of International Relations

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To study international relations means to study the history of international relations, theory, practical application of those theories and the outcome after the practical application of the theory was applied. Smith spoke about international relations and said that international relations importance of not just theory, but history to understanding The politics of today (Smith 2006). So when you study international relations you should understand the theory but you need to know the history because a states history contributed the how and why the countries politics are the way they are today. It is impossible to understand a complex problem such as the war between North Korea and South Korea by studying the theories of internal…show more content…
Bipolarity exists when two states have a majority of the economic, military and cultural influence and can include alliance such as NATO or the WARSAW Pact or organizations but still have power. An example of this would be the United States and the U.S.S.R is the Cold War. In the Cold War the United States and the U.S.S.R. emerged as the two leading power, most western countries and capitalist states came under the influence of the United States and on the opposite end the communist states came under the influence of the U.S.S.R. and then then two major power fought indirectly for control of the other countries as can be seen during the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Russian-Afghan War. Multipolar is a where more than two states have nearly equal amounts of military cultural and economic influence. Theorist argue that this is more peaceful that a bipolar system because since power is equal states would not want to attack other states however it could also lead to conflict if one states feels the others may form an alliance. This could lead to more indirect conflicts and frequent shifting of alliance to prevent one states from becoming the sole world power. Constructivists believe that things are they way they are because people believe it to
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