This work deals with the fundamentals of International Relations and Organisation in a very simple and descriptive language and style. All the basic concepts have been lucidly explained.
Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon, Retd. Director, National Law School of India University, in his introduction to the book has said, "It (the book) starts with the history of the evolution of the world community and the methods which scholars have employed to study international relations in the past. The book then examines the participants involved in international decision making and the key interests influencing such decisions. ...It goes on to examine settlement of disputes through different methods and presents the mechanics of peaceful change in the world scene.
The latter part of the book discusses the approaches, countries have evolved to prevent wars and conflicts. The book concludes with an appreciation of regional organisations and their role in peace and development.
Professor B.S. Murthy is the doyen of International Law teachers in India with an experience spanning over four decades in teaching and research on the subject. He was actively associated with the framing of the five-year law curriculum, where he advocated the course on International Relations. He understands the object and scope of this subject in legal education more than anyone else.
Law Books in Review, U.S.A.: At the conclusion of each chapter, books have been suggested for reading and reference. A selected bibliography and subject-index have been given at the end of the book. Professor B.S. Murthy, the author of the book, is to be complimented for producing a highly readable and lucid work of immense utility. There is no doubt, that the book would imminently serve the purpose for which it has been written.
Central India Law Quarterly: The manner in which the subject has been dealt with is sure to make the book useful not only to students for whom it is mainly written but also to general readers. It reflects not only the author's understanding of the subject but his ability and capacity to state the same in very concise and precise form and lucid and easy to understand language. The author certainly deserves our appreciation for his efforts.
Academy Law Review: The book has twenty chapters and Prof. Murthy discusses the subject matter in a thorough manner and lucid style. The author has given materials for further reading at the close of each chapter. In short, it is a well written text book.
Cochin University Law Review : The scheme of the book is excellent, and its style transparent. The remarkable quality of the work is that is generates in the mind of the reader, necessary knowledge in the international sphere, besides helping him to form a balanced view of things.
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION: THE SCIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CHAPTER II THE WORLD COMMUNITY CHAPTER III PARTICIPANTS CHAPTER IV OBJECTIVES CHAPTER V PEOPLE CHAPTER VI RESOURCES CHAPTER VII THE FOUR INSTRUMENTS OF POLICY: THE DIPLOMATIC INSTRUMENT CHAPTER VIII THE IDEOLOGICAL INSTRUMENT CHAPTER IX THE ECONOMIC INSTRUMENTS CHAPTER X THE MILITARY INSTRUMENT CHAPTER XI COLLABORATION, COMPETITION AND CONFLICT CHAPTER XII RESTRAINTS ON STATE POWER CHAPTER XIII SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES AND PEACEFUL CHANGE CHAPTER XIV AVOIDANCE OF WAR CHAPTER XV INTRODUCTION CHAPTER XVI THE UNITED NATIONS CHAPTER XVII INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE CHAPTER XVIII COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSPORT CHAPTER XIX HEALTH, WELFARE AND OTHER MATTERS CHAPTER XX REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS