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From the Publisher"Offense-defense theory and the debates it spawned were a major step forward in the field of international politics. They brought together the study of diplomatic and military history;military strategy, operations and technology; civil-military relations; and realist international relations theory. Whether or not one accepts the findings of the theory's key advocates, it changed fundamentally the intellectual foundations of the international relations field, and what it means to be a scholar of the causes of war. This collection includes key works by most of the three generations of scholars who have contributed to this important development."—Barry R. Posen, FordInternational Professor of Political Science, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology
" Offense, Defense, and War is sure to be an invaluable book for students of international politics. It contains virtually all of the key works on offense-defense theory, a truly important set of ideas about how states behave toward each other." John J.
Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University ofChicago