One commentator has noted that "the history of war and peace is largely identical to the history of territorial changes as results of war and causes of the next war." In this study, one of the first systematic and empirical analyses of the subject, Gary Goertz and Paul Diehl chart territorial changes and military conflicts across the period of 1916-1980.
"Territorial Changes and International Conflict" begins with an overview of exchanges of territory involving at least one state from 1816-1980. These changes are described and analyzed in several dimensions, including location and significance. Using statistical and descriptive analysis, the authors attempt to answer three related sets of questions: When does military conflict accompany the process of national independence? When do states fight over territorial changes and when are such transactions completed peacefully? Lastly, how do territorial changes affect future military conflict between the states involved in the exchange?
In their analysis, the authors focus on the relative power distribution of the states involved, international norms, the legitimacy of the exchange, and the importance of the territory involved. They discuss contemporary territorial disputes and the prospects for change in the future.
"In this solid and meticulous work, two academics look back at 770 instances of territorial change in the international system over the period 1816-1980."
"The book is well-structured and clearly written. Moreover, it is successful in bridging the broad gap between geography and politics. . . . This book is a must, at least, for each political geographer with an interest in international relations."
-Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Series: STUDIES IN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 9th January 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1