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Overview

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.

The MIT Press

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What People Are Saying

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"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, Ford International Professor of Political Science,
Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The MIT Press

" 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 of
Chicago

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262523165
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: International Security Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George
Washington University.

Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal International Security.

Sean M. Lynn-Jones is Editor of International Security, the
International Security Program's quarterly journal. He is also series editor of the
Belfer Center Studies in International Security, the Program's book series that is published by MIT Press.

Steven E. Miller is director of the International Security Program at the Belfer
Center.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Cooperation under the security dilemma 3
Offense and defense in the international system 51
The cult of the offensive and the origins of the First World War 69
Civil-military relations and the cult of the offensive, 1914 and 1984 119
1914 revisited : allies, offense, and instability 158
Correspondence : the origins of offense and the consequences of counterforce 183
Technology, military advantage, and World War I : a case of military entrepreneurship 195
Offense, defense, and the causes of war 227
What is the offense-defense balance and can we measure it? 266
Correspondence : taking offense at offense-defense theory 305
Must war find a way? : a review essay 333
Grasping the technological peace : the offense-defense balance and international security 366
Attack and conquer? : international anarchy and the offense-defense-deterrence balance 400
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