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Causes of War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 278

Causes of War

What causes war? How can military conflicts best be prevented? In this book, Stephen Van Evera frames five conditions that increase the risk of interstate war: false optimism about the likely outcome of a war, a first-strike advantage, fluctuation in the relative power of states, circumstances that allow nations to parlay one conquest into another, and circumstances that make conquest easy. According to Van Evera, all but one of these conditions-false optimism-rarely occur today, but policymakers often erroneously believe in their existence. He argues that these misperceptions are responsible for many modern wars, and explores both World Wars, the Korean War, and the 1967 Mideast War as test cases. Finally, he assesses the possibility of nuclear war by applying all five hypotheses to its potential onset. Van Evera's book demonstrates that ideas from the Realist paradigm can offer strong explanations for international conflict and valuable prescriptions for its control.

Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 144

Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science

Stephen Van Evera greeted new graduate students at MIT with a commonsense introduction to qualitative methods in the social sciences. His helpful hints, always warmly received, grew from a handful of memos to an underground classic primer. That primer evolved into a book of how-to information about graduate study, which is essential reading for graduate students and undergraduates in political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, and history—and for their advisers. •How should we frame, assess, and apply theories in the social sciences? "I am unpersuaded by the view that the prime rules of scientific method should differ between hard science and social science. Science is science...

Causes of War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1624

Causes of War

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  • Published: 1984
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Offense, Defense, and War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 484

Offense, Defense, and War

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-10-15
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

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.

The Impact of European Integration
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 335

The Impact of European Integration

A collection of essays dealing with the political and sociological aspects of European integration.

Soviet-American Relations After the Cold War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 356

Soviet-American Relations After the Cold War

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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: Unknown

This important collection of essays explores the terrain of possible Soviet-American relations in the next decade. Starting from the premise that glasnost and perestroika will not be reversed, this expert group of contributors provides a wide-ranging and far-reaching analysis of Soviet-U.S. relations crucial to any current discussion of the topic. Moving beyond the boundaries of traditional studies of international relations, the contributors here focus on such topics as public opinion and the relationship of domestic policy to foreign policy. Other areas of consideration include the Soviet-U.S. relationship and the Third World and East Asia, the role of the United Nations in Soviet and Amer...

Cooperation under Anarchy
  • Language: en

Cooperation under Anarchy

This path-breaking book offers fresh insights into a perennial problem. At times, the absence of centralized international authority precludes attainment of common goals. Yet, at other times, nations realize mutual interests through cooperation under anarchy. Drawing on a diverse set of historical cases in security and economic affairs, the contributors to this special issue of World Politics not only provide a unified explanation of the incidence of cooperation and conflict, but also suggest strategies to promote the emergence of cooperation.

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 491

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2001
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Understanding the roots and causes of ethnic animosity; analyses of recent events in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, and the former Soviet Union.

Guía para estudiantes de ciencia política
  • Language: es
  • Pages: 160

Guía para estudiantes de ciencia política

Los seis estudios de este volumen ofrecen una introducción de mucho sentido común a los métodos cualitativos de investigación en ciencias políticas y sociología, que también son válidos para estudios en antropología, ciencias económicas e historia. Con un estilo directo y transparente, Van Evera enseña vías sencillas para acercarse al trabajo con teorías. A diferencia de muchos tratados sobre métodos científicos, este libro no da nada por supuesto y explica lo que cualquier estudiante realmente necesita saber; qué es una buena teoría, qué elementos contiene, cómo deben formularse y qué reglas deben seguirse cuando se aplican las teorías. En los temas que sirven de modelo...

The Star Wars Controversy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

The Star Wars Controversy

These essays from the journal International Security assess the technical feasibility and the strategic desirability of defense against ballistic missiles. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.