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The War Puzzle Revisited

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521881791

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  • John A. Vasquez’s The War Puzzle provided one of the most important scientific analyses of the causes of war of the last two decades. The War Puzzle Revisited updates and extends his groundbreaking work, reviewing recent research on the onset and expansion of war and the conditions of peace. Vasquez describes systematically those factors associated with wars to see if there is a pattern that suggests why war occurs, and how it might be avoided, delineating the typical path by which relatively equal states have become embroiled in wars in the modern global system. The book uses the large number of empirical findings generated in the last twenty-five years as the basis of its theorizing, and integrates these research findings so as to advance the scientific knowledge of war and peace.

    • Successor to The War Puzzle - one of the most important scientific analyses of the causes of war of the last 50 years
    • Features 2 chapters presenting findings on territory and war, and power politics and war
    • Includes appendices listing the major hypotheses in the theory and the major research findings
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521881791
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Preliminaries: Introduction
    1. Conceptualizing war
    2. Types of war
    3. Power politics and war
    Retrospective commentary on Part I
    Part II. The Onset and Expansion of Wars of Rivalry:
    4. Territorial contiguity as a source of conflict leading to war
    5. The realist road to war
    6. The domestic prerequisites of wars of rivalry
    7. Explaining World War: its scope, severity and duration
    8. Peace
    9. Conclusion: solving the puzzle of war
    Retrospective commentary on Part II
    Part III. Findings on the Steps to War, 1994–2008:
    10. Research findings on territory, war and peace
    11. Research findings on power politics and war
    Appendix I. Propositional summary
    Appendix II. Major findings on the steps to war.

  • Author

    John A. Vasquez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    John A. Vasquez is Thomas B. Mackie Scholar in International Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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