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Offense, Defense, and War : International Security Readers - Michael E. Brown

Offense, Defense, and War

International Security Readers

By: Michael E. Brown (Editor), Owen R. Cote, Jr. (Editor), Sean M. Lynn-Jones (Editor), Steven E. Miller (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th October 2004
ISBN: 9780262523165
Number Of Pages: 484
For Ages: 18+ years old

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An overview of offense-defense theory, which argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics.

Offense-defense theory argues that the relative ease of offense and defense varies in international politics. When the offense has the advantage, military conquest becomes easier and war is more likely; the opposite is true when the defense has the advantage. The balance between offense and defense depends on geography, technology, and other factors. This theory, and the body of related theories, has generated much debate and research over the past twenty-five years.This book presents a comprehensive overview of offense-defense theory. It includes contending views on the theory and some of the most recent attempts to refine and test it.

"Offense-defense theory and the debates it spawned were a major step forward in the field of international politics. They brought together the study of diplomatic and military history; military strategy, operations and technology; civil-military relations; and realist international relations theory. Whether or not one accepts the findings of the theory's key advocates, it changed fundamentally the intellectual foundations of the international relations field, and what it means to be a scholar of the causes of war. This collection includes key works by most of the three generations of scholars who have contributed to this important development."--Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology " Offense, Defense, and War is sure to be an invaluable book for students of international politics. It contains virtually all of the key works on offense-defense theory, a truly important set of ideas about how states behave toward each other." John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

The Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Foundations Of Offense-Defense Theory
Cooperation under the Security Dilemmap. 3
Offense and Defense in the International Systemp. 51
Offense, Defense, And The First World War
The Cult of the Offensive and the Origins of the First World Warp. 69
Civil-Military Relations and the Cult of the Offensive, 1914 and 1984p. 119
1914 Revisited: Allies, Offense, and Instabilityp. 158
Correspondence: The Origins of Offense and the Consequences of Counterforcep. 183
Technology, Military Advantage, and World War I: A Case of Military Entrepreneurshipp. 195
Offense-Defense Theory: The Contemporary Debate
Offense, Defense, and the Causes of Warp. 227
What Is the Offense-Defense Balance and Can We Measure It?p. 266
Correspondence: Taking Offense at Offense-Defense Theoryp. 305
Must War Find a Way? A Review Essayp. 333
Grasping the Technological Peace: The Offense-Defense Balance and International Securityp. 366
Attack and Conquer? International Anarchy and the Offense-Defense-Deterrence Balancep. 400
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 439
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ISBN: 9780262523165
ISBN-10: 0262523167
Series: International Security Readers
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 15th October 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.66