This is an original contribution to the literature on how psychological factors influence the origins, processes and consequences of conventional and possibly nuclear war. The scope is broad, ranging from human aggression to the psychological dilemmas of deterrence. It will be of interest to professionals and advanced students in international relations and political science.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: CAUSES OF WARIntroduction Predisposing FactorsBiological Roots - Leonard Berkowitz Are Humans Inherently Violent?War and the Attraction to Destruction - Steven KullImages, Learning, and the Decision to Use Force - Betty Glad and Charles S Taber The Domino Theory of the United StatesIntroduction Decision Making and Proximate FactorsThe Problem with Gains-Maximizing Strategies - Anatol RapoportCrisis Management - Ole HolstiLeadership Pathologies - Robert G L Waite The Kaiser and the Fuhrer and the Decisions for War in 1914 and 1939PART TWO: CONVENTIONAL WAR/PROCESSES: INTRODUCTIONLimited War - Betty Glad and J Philip P Rosenberg The Political FrameworkBargaining Under Fire - Betty Glad and J Philip Rosenberg Limit Setting and Maintenance During the Korean WarThe Psychological Effects of Bombing on Civilian Populations - George H Quester Wars of the PastThe Soldier in Battle - Anthony Kellett Motivational and Behavioral Aspects of the Combat ExperienceEffort Justification as a Motive for Continuing War - Tom Milburn and Daniel J Christie The Vietnam CaseEnding Limited War - Paul R Pillar The Psychological Dynamics of the Termination ProcessLimited War and Learning - Betty Glad The American ExperiencePART THREE: NUCLEAR WARDilemmas of Deterrence - Betty Glad Rational and Non-Rational PerspectivesThe Role of Perceptions in the Nuclear Arms Race - Steven KullThe Psychological Effects of Bombing on Civilian Populations - George H Quester Unlimited and Other Future WarsAway From Goodness - Peter Sederberg Problems of Control in Nuclear WarThe Effects of Nuclear War on Human Society - Arthur M KatzImplications for the Future - Betty Glad