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Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

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Geller/Singer
Cambridge University Press, 1/12/2008
EAN 9780521629065, ISBN10: 0521629063

Paperback, 260 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

Nations at War provides an explanation of war in international politics grounded on data-based, empirical research. The book classifies and synthesizes the research findings of over 500 quantitative analyses of war at the analytic level of the state, dyad, region, and international system. Because wars follow from political decisions, two basic decision-making models - the rational and the non-rational - are examined in relation to the explanatory framework of the volume. In addition, case analyses of two wars - the Iran/Iraq War (1980), and World War I (1914) - are provided as demonstrations of scientifically-based explanations of historical events. The primary structural factors responsible for the onset and seriousness of war are identified and the explanations are developed according to the scientific model of 'covering laws'. The conclusion presents a discussion of the potential for probabilistic conditional predictions of conflict within the context of war and peace studies.

Introduction
1. Overview
2. Decision models
3. War-prone states
4. War-prone dyads
5. War-prone regions
6. War-prone systems
7. Case study
Iran/Iraq War (1980)
8. Case study
World War I (1914)
9. Conclusion
Appendices.