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J. David Singer's legendary Correlates of War project represented the first comprehensive effort by political scientists to gather and analyze empirical data about the causes of war. In doing so, Singer and his colleagues transformed the face of twentieth-century political science. Their work provoked some of the most important debates in modern international relations — about the rules governing territory, international intervention, and the so-called "democratic peace."
Editor Paul F. Diehl has now convened some of the world's foremost international conflict analysis specialists to reassess COW's contribution to our understanding of global conflict. Each chapter takes one of COW's pathbreaking ideas and reevaluates it in light of subsequent world events and developments in the field. The result is a critical retrospective that will reintroduce Singer's important and still-provocative findings to a new generation of students and specialists.
Paul F. Diehl is Professor of Political Science and University Distinguished Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
|Power laws, scaling, and fractals in the most lethal international and civil wars||3|
|A neural network analysis of militarized disputes, 1885-1992 : temporal stability and causal complexity||28|
|Statesman, popular wisdom, and empirical realities in the study of conflict and war : extending the "predictors of war in history and in the state of the world message"||63|
|The national interest versus individual political ambition : democracy, autocracy, and the reciprocation of force and violence in militarized interstate disputes||94|
|Arms, alliances, and success in militarized disputes and wars, 1816-1992||120|
|Interventions as influence||145|
|The slow roasting of sacred cows : J. David Singer and the democratic peace||169|
|Alliances, territorial disputes, and the probability of war : testing for interactions||189|
|Toward a scientific theory of war||222|