Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2125: The West, Civilizations, and World Order

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

The following list is offered as an indication of the type and level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convenor.

Transatlantic Relations

Alcaro, Riccardo, Peterson, John, and Greco, Ettore (eds.) (2016), The West and the Global Power Shift: Transatlantic Relations and Global Governance (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Anderson, Jeffrey, Ikenberry, G. John, and Risse-Kappen, Thomas (eds.) (2008), The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order (Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press).

Lundestad, Geir (2005), The United States and Western Europe since 1945: From “Empire” by Invitation to Transatlantic Drift (Oxford: Oxford University Press).


The West

Browning, Christopher S. and Lehti, Marko (eds.) (2013), The Struggle for the West: a Divided and Contested Legacy (Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge)

Hellmann, Gunther and Herborth, Benjamin (eds.) (2017), Uses of 'the West': Security and the Politics of Order (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

O’Hagan, Jacinta (2002), Conceptualizing the West in International Relations: From Spengler to Said (Houndmills, N.Y.: Palgrave).


The West and World Order

Buzan, Barry and Lawson, George (2015), The global transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

Getachew, Adom (2019), Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press).

Huntington, Samuel P. (1996), The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (New York: Simon & Schuster).

Ikenberry, G. John (2011), Liberal Leviathan: the Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press).

Vitalis, Robert (2015), White world order, black power politics: The birth of American international relations (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press).