Books for Review

The journal publishes book reviews from the field of international relations and other related disciplines. The book reviews are not submitted to peer review but are edited by a member of the editorial team in charge of book reviews. We publish in Czech, English and Slovak.

Guidelines for book reviewers:

  • The year of publication of the reviewed book may not be more than three years before the expected publication of the review.
  • The length of the review should range from 1 500 – 2 500 words.
  • The review should briefly introduce the author or authors, provide information about the book’s thesis, objectives, structure and content, present its strengths and weaknesses and identify its potential audience.
  • Each review must include a critical evaluation of the book and its contribution.
  • The review style must match the formal manuscript requirements of our journal.

On this page, we publish an up-to-date list of books for which we would like a review, and we can assist book reviewers in obtaining a review copy of a book from the list. Upon reaching an agreement with the Book Review Editor, reviewers can choose a title that they wish to review that is not on the list. Similarly to the journal’s research articles, the reviews are indexed in expert databases such as Scopus, ERIH PLUS, C.E.O.L., ProQuest, and Ebsco Political Science Complete. The author of a book review that is accepted for publication receives an one-year subscription to the printed version of our journal. The selection of the reviewed book is at the discretion of the reviewer.

If you wish to submit a book review or consult a proposed book, contact the Book Review Editor Míla O’Sullivan at osullivan@iir.cz.  

 

Troubling Motherhood: Maternality in Global Politics
Lucy B. Hall, Anna L. Weissman, and Laura J. Shepherd (eds.)
Oxford University Press
2020

By considering representations and narratives of maternity, this volume shows how practices of global politics shape and are shaped by the gendered norms and institutions that underpin motherhood. Motherhood matters in global politics. Yet, the diverse ways in which performances and practices of motherhood are constituted by and are constitutive of other dimensions of political life are frequently obscured, or assumed to be of little interest to scholars, policymakers, and practitioners.

 
Fieldwork as Failure: Living and Knowing in the Field of International Relations
Katarina Kušić and Jakub Záhora (eds.)
E-International Relations Publishing
2020


This volume aims to unsettle the silence that surrounds fieldwork failure in both methods training and academic publications. While fieldwork has gradually evolved into standard practice in IR research, the question of possible failures in field-based knowledge production remains conspicuously absent from both graduate training and writing in IR. This volume fills that lacuna by engaging with fieldwork as a site of knowledge production and inevitable failure. It develops methodological discussions in IR in two novel ways. First, it engages failure through experience-near and practice-based perspectives, with authors speaking from their experiences. And secondly, it delves into the politics of methods in IR and the discipline more generally to probe ways in which the realities of research condition scholarly claims.

 

NATO’s Democratic Retrenchment. Hegemony After the Return of History
Henrik B.L. Larsen
Routledge
2020 


Exploring NATO’s post-Cold War determination to support democracy abroad, this book addresses the alliance’s adaptation to the new illiberal backlashes in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Afghanistan after the alleged ‘return of history’...

 

The Limits of Human Rights
Bardo Fassbender and Knut Traisbach (eds.)
Oxford University Press
2019

What are the limits of human rights, and what do these limits mean? This volume engages critically and constructively with this question to provide a distinct contribution to the contemporary discussion on human rights...