Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers

Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers

by T. V. Paul, T.V. Paul
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521466210

ISBN-13: 9780521466219

Pub. Date: 03/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book asks why weaker powers so often engage in wars against stronger opponents. It examines six cases where this occurred in this century, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982. The key argument of deterrence theory is that the military superiority of a relatively strong power, coupled

Overview

This book asks why weaker powers so often engage in wars against stronger opponents. It examines six cases where this occurred in this century, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982. The key argument of deterrence theory is that the military superiority of a relatively strong power, coupled with a credible retaliatory threat, will prevent attack by challengers. This book seriously challenges this assumption, and has wide implications for the study of war, deterrence, diplomacy and strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521466219
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1994
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #33
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Theoretical Framework: 1. Introduction: war initiation in international relations theory; 2. Explaining war initiation by weaker powers in asymmetric conflicts; Part II. The Case Studies: 3. The Japanese offensive against Russia, 1904; 4. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941; 5. The Chinese intervention in Korea, 1950; 6. The Pakistani offensive in Kashmir, 1965; 7. The Egyptian offensive in the Sinai, 1973; 8. The Argentine invasion of the Falklands/Malvinas, 1982; 9. Conclusion.

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