Offense, Defense, and War / Edition 1

Offense, Defense, and War / Edition 1

by Michael E. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262523167

ISBN-13: 9780262523165

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

Offense-defense theory argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics. When the offense has the advantage,
military conquest becomes easier and war is more likely; the opposite is true when the defense has the advantage. The balance between offense and defense depends on geography, technology, and other factors. This

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Offense-defense theory argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics. When the offense has the advantage,
military conquest becomes easier and war is more likely; the opposite is true when the defense has the advantage. The balance between offense and defense depends on geography, technology, and other factors. This theory, and the body of related theories, has generated much debate and research over the past twenty-five years.This book presents a comprehensive overview of offense-defense theory. It includes contending views on the theory and some of the most recent attempts to refine and test it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262523165
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Series:
International Security Readers
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Cooperation under the security dilemma3
Offense and defense in the international system51
The cult of the offensive and the origins of the First World War69
Civil-military relations and the cult of the offensive, 1914 and 1984119
1914 revisited : allies, offense, and instability158
Correspondence : the origins of offense and the consequences of counterforce183
Technology, military advantage, and World War I : a case of military entrepreneurship195
Offense, defense, and the causes of war227
What is the offense-defense balance and can we measure it?266
Correspondence : taking offense at offense-defense theory305
Must war find a way? : a review essay333
Grasping the technological peace : the offense-defense balance and international security366
Attack and conquer? : international anarchy and the offense-defense-deterrence balance400

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