Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War

Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War

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by Richard Ned Lebow
     
 

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An explanation of the frequency of war and its specific causes and consequences, first published in 2010.See more details below

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An explanation of the frequency of war and its specific causes and consequences, first published in 2010.

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“Richard Ned Lebow makes an extremely successful attempt at broaching lucidly the main theories of war, and offers a most fascinating and convincing way of bringing them up to date. He strongly renews a classical field of IR studies by considering the new conflicts in a very relevant manner.”
Bertrand Badie, Professor, Sciences Po, Paris

“In Why Nations Fight, Richard Ned Lebow makes a welcome contribution to the study of war by bringing motives and reasons (rather than just goals and intentions) back in. Extending his theory of human motives, he develops a typology of wars and establishes a series of propositions about war-initiation which he evaluates on a new historical data set. Last, but not least, he speculates on the future of wars by extrapolating from historical shifts in both the salience of motives and the changing understanding actors have of them.”
Stefano Guzzini, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies

“In Why Nations Fight Richard Ned Lebow continues the path-breaking attempt that he started in A Cultural Theory of International Relations to re-orient the way that we study international relations. In this new book he delivers on his promise to draw on systematic data to assess his theoretical analysis of war and, as a consequence, is able to reach some fascinating and broadly optimistic conclusions. Both his theory and evidence indicates that although one of the major reasons that states have gone to war in the past is to raise their international esteem, because of some complex social and cultural changes, war is now much less likely to achieve this goal. It follows that states are becoming much less motivated to go to war. This is a stimulating and challenging attack on orthodox thinking in the field.”
Richard Little, University of Bristol

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780511849213
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2010
Series:
Modern European Philosophy Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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