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Leroy Bell, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: August 26, 2022
Last Updated: February 2, 2023
International Relations, as defined in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations, is “the discipline that studies interactions between and among states, and more broadly, the workings of the international system as a whole. It can be conceived of either as a multidisciplinary field, gathering together the international aspects of politics, economics, history, law, and sociology, or as a meta‐discipline, focusing on the systemic structures and patterns of interaction of the human species taken as a whole”.
This guide provides access to selected Library of Congress digital and print reference sources covering various aspects of International Relations: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and directories. The guide also includes the personal papers of U.S. secretaries of state, diplomats and scholars working in the field of international relations. Film and audio recordings cover, speeches by U.S. presidents and secretaries of state, and peace agreement signing ceremonies.