Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  • Define the field of political science.
  • Define the modern political system of states and explain its origins.
  • Identify the main approaches to international politics and their central ideas.
  • Explain the concept of balance of power.
  • Describe the main events of the Cold War and explain their importance.
  • Describe the main events of the post–Cold War era and explain their importance.