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International Relations on Film
by:Robert W. Gregg
This welcome exploration of the ways in which feature films depict the various aspects of international relations considers the utility of the feature film as a vehicle to dramatize issues and events, challenge conventional wisdom, rouse an audience to anger, and even revise history. Gregg makes a strong case for the value of films as a window on the real...
This welcome exploration of the ways in which feature films depict the various aspects of international relations considers the utility of the feature film as a vehicle to dramatize issues and events, challenge conventional wisdom, rouse an audience to anger, and even revise history. Gregg makes a strong case for the value of films as a window on the real world of international relations. Focusing on ten issues-each the subject of a chapter-he provides an overview of each, discusses the major concepts that have been employed by scholars to understand and explain it, and points to the trends that have characterized the evolution of international relations in the area. In each case, he cites feature films and then uses them to illustrate the ways in which popular culture has illuminated those concepts and trends. An appendix of the approximately 125 films discussed in the text provides a brief summary of contents and relevance, as well as information about directors, casts, dates of release, etc. The book is intended for use in IR courses and also as a source of ideas for teachers seeking new ways to enliven course materials.
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