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Between Peace and War : The Nature of International Crisis - Richard Ned Lebow

Between Peace and War

The Nature of International Crisis

Paperback Published: 1st February 1984
ISBN: 9780801832475
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 22+ years old

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When is war is the result of a nation's deliberate decision to advance its vital interests by force of arms? When is it brought about by miscalculation? What causes policy-makers to misjudge the consequences of their actions? This book takes up these and other questions in a comparative study of the origins, politics, and outcomes of international crisis based on data from 27 historical cases.

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Lebow has produced a significant work on international crises and their relationship to international politics. His integration of history and international relations theory is particularly laudatory, and he draws some important conclusions concerning deterrence theory and crisis management. -- Jerel A. Rosati * American Political Science Review *

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Underlying vs. Immediate Causes of Warp. 1
Definition of Crisisp. 7
Selection of Casesp. 13
Structure of the Bookp. 18
The Origins of Crisis
Justification of Hostilityp. 23
Justification of Hostilityp. 24
The Tactics of Justifying Hostilityp. 29
An Alternative Pattern of Crisisp. 37
Spinoff Crisesp. 41
The Origins of Spinoff Crisesp. 41
The Politics of Spinoff Crisesp. 53
Brinkmanshipp. 57
The Goals of Brinkmanshipp. 58
The Origins of Brinkmanshipp. 61
Commitments and Opportunitiesp. 82
The Politics of Crisis
Cognitive Closure and Crisis Politicsp. 101
Cognitive Consistency and Misperceptionp. 102
Decisional Conflicts and Defensive Avoidancep. 107
Cognitive Processes and Decision-Making Pathologiesp. 111
Defensive Avoidance and Unconscious Conflictp. 115
The July Crisis: A Case Studyp. 119
The Sources of Misperceptionp. 148
The Politicization of Bureaucracyp. 153
The Primacy of Domestic Politicsp. 169
The Role of National Self-Imagesp. 192
Conclusionsp. 222
The Context of Crisisp. 229
The Variety of Military Optionsp. 232
Fear of Strategic Disadvantagep. 238
Degree of Military Confidencep. 242
Attitude Toward Warp. 247
Perceptions of the Inevitability of Conflictp. 254
Prevention vs. Preparation for Warp. 264
Crisis Management and Beyondp. 266
Crisis Type and Crisis Outcomep. 266
Stress and Crisis Decision-Makingp. 268
The Limitations of Deterrencep. 273
Problems of Coordination and Controlp. 281
The Future of Crisis Managementp. 291
Crisis and International Relations
Crisis as a Learning Experiencep. 309
Crisis and the Intensification of Hostilityp. 310
Crisis and the Amelioration of Hostility: The Fashoda Crisisp. 317
The Lessons of Fashoda and Cubap. 326
Conclusionsp. 334
Thucydides Rebuttedp. 334
Name Indexp. 339
Subject Indexp. 344
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ISBN: 9780801832475
ISBN-10: 0801832470
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st February 1984
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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