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International Conflict : Logic and Evidence

Author: Stephen L Quackenbush
Publisher: Los Angeles : CQ Press, [2015]
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Based on the premise that proper understanding of international conflict -- a necessary prerequisite for achieving peace -- can come only from logic and evidence, not from opinion and anecdote, this groundbreaking book introduces students to international conflict's key theories and empirical research. Throughout the text, Stephen L. Quackenbush gives examples that enable readers to see the theory in real-world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2014008335
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen L Quackenbush
ISBN: 1483311821 9781452240985 1452240981 9781483311821 9781483368672 148336867X
OCLC Number: 1064257674
Notes: Part I. Foundations. Chapter 1. The scientific study of war. What is science? ; The scientific and classical approaches ; Levels of analysis ; Dangerous dyads ; A process model of war ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 2. Identifying wars and militarized disputes. International conflict in the past two centuries ; Defining war ; Militarized interstate disputes ; Other measures of international conflict ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 3. Rational choice theory. Rationality ; Expected utility theory ; Game theory ; Bargaining model of war ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Part II. Causes of war and militarized disputes. Chapter 4. Contiguity and territory. Contiguity and international conflict ; Identifying opportunity for conflict ; Territorial issues and international conflict ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 5. Power. Defining and measuring power ; Polarity and stability ; Offense-defense balance ; Power transition theory ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 6. Alliances. Types of alliances ; Why do states form alliances? ; Drawbacks of alliances ; Measuring shared interests ; Alliances and conflict ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 7. Democratic peace. Empirical findings regarding the democratic peace ; Explaining the democratic peace ; The Kantian triangle ; Alternative explanations ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 8. Deterrence. Types of deterrence ; Classical deterrence theory ; Perfect deterrence theory ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 9. Escalation of disputes to war. Patterns of escalation ; Contextual factors leading to escalation ; Strategy, interaction, and escalation ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Part III. The conduct and aftermath of war. Chapter 10. Military doctrine and strategy. The study of warfare ; Military strategy ; Principles of war ; Modeling combat ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 11. Evolution of war. War expansion ; War duration ; War outcomes ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 12. War termination and consequences. Bargaining and war termination ; Consequences of war ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Chapter 13. Recurrent conflict and rivalry. Recurrent conflict ; Settlements and recurrent conflict ; International rivalry ; Conclusion ; Key concepts -- Part IV. Conclusions. Chapter 14. What have we learned about war? ; The cumulation of knowledge ; The importance of theory ; Key concepts.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 409 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Part I: Foundations --
The scientific study of war --
Identifying wars and militarized disputes --
Rational choice theory --
Part II: Causes of wars and militarized disputes --
Contiguity and territory --
Power --
Alliiances --
Democratic peace --
Deterrence --
Escalation of disputes to war --
Part III: the conduct and aftermath of war --
Military doctrine and stratgey --
Evolution of war --
war termination and consequences --
Recurrent conflict and rivalry --
Part IV: Conclusions --
What have we learned about war?
Responsibility: Stephen L. Quackenbush.


Introducing students to key theories and empirical findings of international conflict stemming from scientific research on core facets, this book covers the whole process of interstate war, from  Read more...
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