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michael i need to know about the course called international relations   some would say that is a thoroughbread politics course in england  is it? and would a course like that do well combiningly with economics?   history politics and economics   is a unique blend of interdisciplinarystudies  what benefits are there studying elements of all 3 together ...would it gain political skills required by a wannabe politician? please explain broadly  thankyou god bless  val

Hi Val,

International Relations is typically considered a key component of a Political Science curriculum.  Politicians should know how their government can interact, or has traditionally interacted with the governments of other countries.

International relation interrelates with history, politics, and economics.  Much of international relations is based on historical precedent.  Certain norms have developed in how countries relate to each other, such as granting diplomats from other countries immunity from local laws, norms under which treaties are maintained or broken, and international "laws" that govern how countries relate.  

International relations also deeply involves politics as countries seek arrangements that increase their political influence over other countries.  Nations generally prefer to have influence over how other countries conduct their affairs, but prefer not to allow other countries have much influence over affairs in one's own country.  How this balance of influence works generally depends on the level of military, economic, and other power that a country can bring to the table.

Economics is always an issue as well.  Most countries develop relationships with other countries out of a need for security and economic improvement.  Typically this involves treaties relating to international trade, which can have a huge impact on local economies.  

Even local politicians such as governors, mayors, and members of town councils often get involved in international relations by attending trade missions to other countries.  It is an important component of politics even if one's primary goal as a politician would not be a career in international relations.

- Mike

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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