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Causes of War

Causes of War

Jack S. Levy, William R. Thompson

ISBN: 978-1-444-32597-3

Mar 2015, Wiley-Blackwell

288 pages

$121.95

Description

Written by leading scholars in the field, Causes of War provides the first comprehensive analysis of the leading theories relating to the origins of both interstate and civil wars.
  • Utilizes historical examples to illustrate individual theories throughout
  • Includes an analysis of theories of civil wars as well as interstate wars -- one of the only texts to do both
  • Written by two former International Studies Association Presidents
Acknowledgments vi

1. Introduction to the Study of War 1

2. System-Level Theories 28

3. The Dyadic Interactions of States 55

4. The State and Societal Level 83

5. Decision-Making: The Individual Level 128

6. Decision-Making: The Organizational Level 162

7. Civil War 186

8. Conclusion: Refl ections on Levels, Causes, and War 205

References 224

Index 265

"Along the way are examples from recent history that may surprise the reader. At the very least, every member of Congress and the State Department should study this report." (Book News Inc, November 2010)

  • Offers the most systematic treatment of the causes of interstate war available
  • Utilizes historical examples to illustrate individual theories throughout
  • Includes an analysis of theories of civil wars as well as interstate wars -- one of the only texts to do both
  • Written by two former International Studies Association Presidents, both leading scholars in the field of international conflict
  • Discusses the changing nature of war over time