Theories of War and Peace / Edition 1

Theories of War and Peace / Edition 1

by Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Sean M. (Eds.) Lynn-Jones
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262522527

ISBN-13: 9780262522526

Pub. Date: 10/29/1998

Publisher: MIT Press

What causes war? How can wars be prevented? Scholars and policymakers have sought the answers to these questions for centuries. Although wars continue to occur, recent scholarship has made progress toward developing more sophisticated and perhaps more useful theories on the causes and prevention of war. This volume includes essays by leading scholars on

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What causes war? How can wars be prevented? Scholars and policymakers have sought the answers to these questions for centuries. Although wars continue to occur, recent scholarship has made progress toward developing more sophisticated and perhaps more useful theories on the causes and prevention of war. This volume includes essays by leading scholars on contemporary approaches to understanding war and peace.The essays include expositions, analyses, and critiques of some of the more prominent and enduring explanations of war. Several authors discuss realist theories of war, which focus on the distribution of power and the potential for offensive war. Others examine the prominent hypothesis that the spread of democracy will usher in an era of peace. In light of the apparent increase in nationalism and ethnic conflict, several authors present hypotheses on how nationalism causes war and how such wars can be controlled. Contributors also engage in a vigorous debate on whether international institutions can promote peace. In a section on war and peace in the changing international system, several authors consider whether rising levels of international economic independence and environmental scarcity will influence the likelihood of war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262522526
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/29/1998
Series:
International Security Readers
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
604
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

The Contributors
Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. IRealist Theories of War and Peace
Back to the Future: Instability in Europe after the Cold War3
Offense, Defense, and the Causes of War55
Realists as Optimists: Cooperation as Self-Help94
Pt. IIDemocracy and War
How Liberalism Produces Democratic Peace137
Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace176
Democratization and the Danger of War221
Pt. IIINationalism, Ethnicity, and War
Hypotheses on Nationalism and War257
Containing Fear: The Origins and Management of Ethnic Conflict292
Pt. IVInternational Institutions, War, and Peace
The False Promise of International Institutions329
The Promise of Institutionalist Theory384
The Promise of Collective Security397
The False Premise of Realism407
Constructing International Politics416
A Realist Reply427
Pt. VWar and Peace in a Changing International System
Is War Obsolete? A Review Essay441
Economic Interdependence and War: A Theory of Trade Expectations464
Environmental Scarcities and Violent Conflict: Evidence from Cases501
The Utility of Force in a World of Scarcity537

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