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Author Vasquez, John A., 1945-

Title The war puzzle / John A. Vasquez.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.


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 UniM Bail  172.42 VASQ    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 378 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in international relations ; 27.
Cambridge studies in international relations ; 27.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-367) and index.
Contents 1 Conceptualizing War 14 -- 2 Types of War 51 -- 3 Power Politics and War 86 -- Part II Onset and Expansion of Wars of Rivalry -- 4 Territorial Contiguity as a Source of Conflict Leading to War 123 -- 5 Realist Road to War 153 -- 6 Domestic Prerequisites of wars of Rivalry 198 -- 7 Explaining World War: its Scope, Severity, and Duration 225 -- 8 Peace 263 -- 9 Conclusion: Solving the Puzzle of War 292.
Summary This book constructs a new scientific explanation of the onset and expansion of war and the conditions of peace. The author describes systematically those factors common to wars between equal states to see if there is a pattern that suggests why war occurs, and how it might be avoided or mitigated, delineating the typical path by which relatively equal states have become embroiled in wars with one another in the modern global system. Emphasis is placed on the issues that gave rise to war and how the practices of power politics lead to a series of steps that produce war rather than peace. The book differs from others in that it employs the large number of empirical findings generated in the past twenty-five years as the basis of its theorizing, and integrates these research findings so as to advance dramatically the scientific knowledge of war and peace.
Subject War (Philosophy)
ISBN 0521366747 (paperback)
0521366739 (hard)