Understanding global security

Hough, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1209-1654 (2008) Understanding global security. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415421423. [Book]


Fully revised to incorporate recent developments in world politics, the second edition of Understanding Global Security analyzes the variety of ways in which people's lives are threatened and/or secured in contemporary global politics. The traditional focus of Security Studies texts - war, deterrence and terrorism - are analyzed alongside non-military security issues such as famine, crime, disease, disasters, environmental degredation and human rights abuses to provide a comprehensive survey of how and why people are killed in the contemporary world.

New features to this edition include:

analysis of key international political events of recent years such as the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the Israeli incursion into Lebanon;
recent developments in the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and the ‘war against terror’;
new data on deaths attributable to global warming and the contribution played by this in ‘securitizing’ the issue on the agendas of sceptical states;
examinations of ‘lifestyle illnesses’, largely spread by the diffusion of Western culture, like smoking or diabetes;
greater analysis of recent diplomatic and institutional developments in the area of security: the Human Security Network and the UN Commission on Human Security.

User friendly and easy to follow, this textbook is designed to make a complex subject accessible to all. Key features include:

‘top ten’ tables highlighting the most destructive events or forms of death in that area throughout history;
boxed descriptions elaborating key concepts in the field of security and International Relations;
‘biographical boxes’ of key individuals who have shaped world events;
further reading and websites at the end of each chapter guiding you towards the most up-to-date information on various topics
glossary of political terminology.

This highly acclaimed and popular academic text will continue to be essential reading for everyone interested in security.

Item Type: Book
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 3855
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Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2010 16:09
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2019 20:35
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/3855

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