The World Since 1945 traces the major political, economic, and ideological patterns that have evolved in the global arena from the end of World War II to the present day. The sixth edition of this widely acclaimed textbook - thoroughly updated throughout - continues to provide not only the background that students need in order to understand current international relations, but also new material on politics around the world. Among the current topics covered in this edition are the expansion of the European Union, the impasse in Palestinian-Israeli relations, the rightward movement in Russian politics, and the impact of the expanding Chinese economy on trade relations, military power, and the environment. A new chapter is devoted to the global consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Beautifully written and student friendly, The World Since 1945 has made its place as the text of choice in scores of world history and introductory IR courses.