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International Conflict
Logic and Evidence



August 2014 | 360 pages | CQ Press

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is based on the premise that proper understanding of international conflict – a necessary prerequisite for achieving peace – can come only from logic and evidence, not from opinion and anecdote. This groundbreaking book introduces students to international conflict’s key theories and empirical research. Throughout the text, author Stephen L. Quackenbush gives examples that enable readers to see the theory in real-world events, and provides the data from the most recent research. Covering the entire process of interstate war, from causes of conflict to escalation, conduct, resolution, and recurrence, the book provides readers with a fascinating, thorough study that will help them understand how international conflict works.


 
Part I: Foundations
 
Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of War
What Is Science?

 
The Scientific and Classical Approaches

 
Levels of Analysis

 
Dangerous Dyads

 
A Process Model of War

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 2: Identifying Wars and Militarized Disputes
International Conflict in the Past Two Centuries

 
Defining War

 
Militarized Interstate Disputes

 
Other Measures of International Conflict

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 3: Rational Choice Theory
Rationality

 
Expected Utility Theory

 
Game Theory

 
Bargaining Model of War

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Part II: Causes of War and Militarized Disputes
 
Chapter 4: Contiguity and Territory
Contiguity and International Conflict

 
Identifying Opportunity for Conflict

 
Territorial Issues and International Conflict

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 5: Power
Defining and Measuring Power

 
Polarity and Stability

 
Offense-Defense Balance

 
Power Transition Theory

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 6: Alliances
Types of Alliances

 
Why Do States Form Alliances?

 
Drawbacks of Alliances

 
Measuring Shared Interests

 
Alliances and Conflict

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 7: Democratic Peace
Empirical Findings Regarding the Democratic Peace

 
Explaining the Democratic Peace

 
The Kantian Triangle

 
Alternative Explanations

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 8: Deterrence
Types of Deterrence

 
Classical Deterrence Theory

 
Perfect Deterrence Theory

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 9: Escalation of Disputes to War
Patterns of Escalation

 
Contextual Factors Leading to Escalation

 
Strategy, Interaction, and Escalation

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Part III: The Conduct and Aftermath of War
 
Chapter 10: Military Doctrine and Strategy
The Study of Warfare

 
Military Strategy

 
Principles of War

 
Modeling Combat

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 11: Evolution of War
War Expansion

 
War Duration

 
War Outcomes

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 12: War Termination and Consequences
Bargaining and War Termination

 
Consequences of War

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Chapter 13: Recurrent Conflict and Rivalry
Recurrent Conflict

 
Settlements and Recurrent Conflict

 
International Rivalry

 
Conclusion

 
Key Concepts

 
 
Part IV: Conclusions
 
Chapter 14: What Have We Learned About War?
The Cumulation of Knowledge

 
The Importance of Theory

 
Key Concepts

 

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a superb introduction to the ideas and apparatus of the conflict processes field. The book covers the entire process of war in a succinct way. By the last page, students have a basic familiarity with offense and defensive realism, stability, and polarity, expected utility theory, and other major areas of the literature.” 

Patrick James
University of Southern California

“Quackenbush has written a highly readable and intellectually stimulating book. I have no doubt that students will find the content useful for advancing their understanding of warfare. Equally importantly, the book’s emphasis on explaining the scientific method and carefully delineating various approaches to scientific research make it especially useful. Indeed, the book helps readers understand how the social sciences ‘do’ science, which is one of its most unique and appealing features.”

Bruce W. Dayton
Syracuse University

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a textbook that could serve as both a text and also a great reference for original research. It collects and generalizes some of the most focused and important research topics in the scientific study of war over the past thirty years (at least).”

Brent Steele
University of Utah

Very good book for both business and history students. Would thoroughly recommend this text. Not currently in the library but will recommend it is.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
November 24, 2014
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Case in Point boxes expand on key points in the text with a brief study of a particular event or conflict.
  • Concept in Focus boxes delve further into concepts relevant to the field.
  • An Appendix of wars and major crises since 1815 provides a brief summary of each, along with a few recommended sources for research.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7


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