International Relations

Patrick James discusses “The International Relations of Middle-earth”

by Phillip Witteveen February 27, 2013

The reason, James explains, that this series was chosen as a comparative text for an introduction into International Relations, was because of its “extraordinary completeness  and complexity as a world — the most completely specified fantasy world that has ever been created — enough to rival human history itself.” For this reason, in James’ view, Lord of the Rings can be made to serve as an enlightening allegory to the study of International Relations. James related two broad philosophical themes of international relations — justice and order, to the plot of the trilogy, as well as concepts about the interactions of […]

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LA Weekly Spotlights ‘International Relations of Middle-earth’

by Shaun Manning December 11, 2012

With The Hobbit hitting theatres this week, LA Weekly, part of the Village Voice family of free papers, interviewed International Relations of Middle-earth co-author Patrick James about the book’s origins and using Tolkien to teach real-world multinational conflict. In the interview, James credited Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy with creating a “pop culture touchstone,” making the situations and themes that pervade Frodo and Sam’s journey relateable and therefor even more useful in the classroom.

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The Demography and Diplomacy of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

by Shaun Manning October 9, 2012

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings presented an incredibly rich fantasy world, imbued with poetic language and an intricate system of relationships between characters, races, and nations. The epic trilogy–The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, along with prequel adventure The Hobbit–have inspired a passionate fandom but also, intriguingly, in-depth research into the fictional world. Earlier this year, the University of Michigan Press published Abigail E. Ruane and Patrick James’s The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning from the Lord of the Rings.  The book uses Tolkien’s multinational intrigues between Gondor, Lothlorien, Arnor, the […]

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Back to School Sale

by Shaun Manning September 5, 2012

Save 30% on recently-released titles from the University of Michigan Press! Add any of the books below to your shopping cart and enter promotion code BTS at checkout to save. The discount applies to any edition of the book–cloth, paper, or ebook! (Prices listed refer to paperback edition when one exists.) The Wire: Race, Class, and Culture $29.95 $20.97 A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets in Early America $35.00 $24.50 The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning from The Lord of the Rings $19.95 $13.97 Japan and China as Charm Rivals: Soft Power in Regional Diplomacy $70.00 $49.00 The Congressional Black Caucus, Minority Voting Rights, and the U.S. Supreme […]

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Fifty reasons to look forward to fall: Fall 2012 e-Catalog

by Emily June 4, 2012

If you’ve visited the Press website in the past three weeks you’ve probably noticed that the Fall 2012 e-Catalog is live. (And if you haven’t been to our homepage lately, what are you waiting for?!) Featuring 50 titles and spanning a range of categories, the e-Catalog provides an interesting – and interactive – peek at the books the Press will be publishing in the upcoming months. Titles include the definitive biography of the youngest state governor in American history; a collection of critical responses to the television series The Wire; an exploration of the history and scope of U.S. travel […]

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