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The Scientific Study of Peace and War : A Text Reader - John A. Vasquez

The Scientific Study of Peace and War

A Text Reader

Paperback Published: 28th March 1999
ISBN: 9780739100721
Number Of Pages: 512

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This widely used and acclaimed text reader brings together some of the best work on the onset of war, the expansion of war, the conditions of peace, and the termination and impact of war. Editorial commentary on the major findings and the statistical analysis used in each study teaches students how to read the article so that they can become literate in social science methods. A learning package in the appendix provides a programmed text to teach students how to interpret tables, read basic statistics, and conduct elementary data analysis. Correlates of War data on European countries is provided, and a methodological table of contents allows instructors to assign articles from the easiest (simple percentages) to the most advanced (time series and formal modeling).

Prefacep. xv
Introduction: Studying War Scientificallyp. xix
Factors in the Onset of War
Alliance Formation and War Behavior: An Analysis of the Great Powers, 1495-1975p. 3
Editors' Commentaryp. 30
Capability Distribution, Uncertainty, and Major Power War, 1820-1965p. 37
Editors' Commentaryp. 67
Armaments and Escalation: Two Competing Hypothesesp. 75
Editors' Commentaryp. 88
Arms Races and Escalation: A Closer Lookp. 93
Editors' Commentaryp. 103
When Will They Ever Learn? Coercive Bargaining in Recurrent Crisesp. 109
Editors' Commentaryp. 136
Excerpts from The War Trapp. 141
Editors' Commentaryp. 153
The Expansion of War
Alliances and the Expansion of Warp. 161
Editors' Commentaryp. 173
Bipolarity and War: The Role of Capability Concentration and Alliance Patterns among Major Powers, 1816-1965p. 177
Editors' Commentaryp. 201
Preventing Systemic War: Crisis Decision-Making amidst a Structure of Conflict Relationshipsp. 205
Editors' Commentaryp. 222
Peace and the Global Institutional Context
Universalism vs. Particularism: On the Limits of Major Power Orderp. 229
Editors' Commentaryp. 249
The Termination and Impact of War
War Power and the Willingness to Sufferp. 255
Editors' Commentaryp. 273
The Costs of Major Wars: The Phoenix Factorp. 279
Editors' Commentaryp. 305
War Making and State Making: Governmental Expenditures, Tax Revenues, and Global Warsp. 311
Editors' Commentaryp. 335
The Steps to War: Toward a Scientific Explanation of Correlates of War Findingsp. 343
Editors' Commentaryp. 369
Applying the Scientific Method to the Study of War
The Scientific Study of War: A Learning Packagep. 373
Bibliographical Essayp. 439
Referencesp. 447
Indexp. 467
About the Editorsp. 481
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ISBN: 9780739100721
ISBN-10: 0739100726
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 28th March 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.39  x 3.76
Weight (kg): 0.74