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Why Wars Widen : A Theory of Predation and Balancing - Stacy Bergstrom Haldi

Why Wars Widen

A Theory of Predation and Balancing

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2003
ISBN: 9780714653075
Number Of Pages: 208

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The fear that a conflict will spread is often used as a justification for "peacekeeping" operations. But why and under what conditions is war likely to widen? When are concerns warranted and justified? This book answers these important policy questions.
The book offers a theoretical explanation for war widening based on the decisiveness of warfare in a given era. It argues that conflicts are most likely to spread when the effects of warfare are limited, as states seek limited gains with a low cost. In an era where warfare is decisive, in other words, an era of total war, wars are less likely to widen. By understanding whether a war occurs in an era of total war or limited war, we can then assess how likely that conflict is to spread.
The explanation of war widening is developed through four historical cases: The Seven Years War, the French Revolution/Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War and World War I. These cases capture both eras of limited war, total war and the transition between them. Finally the author looks to the future, to foresee what developments might limit the costs of warfare and make future conflicts likely to spread.

'Haldi's model serves as a pertinent explanation of why some of the wars of the past three centuries have spread whilst others have remained isolated, as well as a useful tool for predicting the likelihood of war-widening in the twenty-first century.'

Dennis M. Foster, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Winter 2004

Forewordp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Predation, Balancing and Political Costp. 7
The Seven Years' War (1756-63)p. 28
The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Warsp. 54
The Crimean War (1853-56)p. 96
World War Ip. 126
Conclusionp. 158
Appendix Ap. 169
Appendix Bp. 172
Select Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780714653075
ISBN-10: 0714653071
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st June 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1