The Origin and Prevention of Major Wars / Edition 1

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Since the development of the modern state system in Europe four centuries ago, there have been ten general wars involving a majority of the major powers and a high level of casualties. Another major war is difficult to conceive of, since it would presumably be the last such conflict, and yet it is not an impossibility. In this volume a distinguished group of political scientists and historians examine the origins of major wars and discuss the problems in preventing a nuclear war.

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Fourteen essays on what causes major wars and particularly how to prevent wars from becoming nuclear conflicts. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521379557
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1989
  • Series: Studies in Interdisciplinary History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 1. Old wars and future wars: causation and prevention Joseph S. Nye, Jr; Part I. The Origins of War: Structural Theories: 2. The theory of hegemonic war Robert Gilpin; 3. The origins of war in neorealist theory Kenneth N. Waltz; 4. The contribution of expected utility theory to the study of international conflict Bruce Bueno de Mesquita; Part II. The Origins of War: Explanation of Non-rational Causality: 5. Domestic politics and war Jack S. Levy; 6. War and misperception Robert Jervis; 7. Crises and the unexpected George H. Quester; Part III. Lessons and Analogies from Early Major Wars: 8. Ideology and conflict: the wars of the Ottoman Empire 1453–1606 John F. Guilmartin, Jr; 9. The origins of the thirty years' war Myron P. Gutmann; 10. The origins, causes and extension of the wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon Gunther E. Rothenberg; Part IV. Lessons and Analogies from the World Wars: 11. The origins of World War I Samuel R. Williamson, Jr; 12. Wargames: 1914–1919 Charles S. Maier; 13. The Origins of World War II in Europe: British deterrence failure and German expansionism Jeffrey L. Hughes; 14. The origins of the Pacific War Scott D. Sagan.

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