Causes of War: Power and the Roots of Conflict

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Cornell University Press, 1999 - History - 270 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

Illusions of the Coming War
14
FirstMove Advantages and Crisis Instability
35
Windows of Opportunity and Vulnerability
73
Cumulative Resources
105
Offense Defense and the Security Dilemma
117
Predictions and Tests of OffenseDefense Theory
166
How Much History Can OffenseDefense Theory Explain?
185
OffenseDefense Theory and the Outbreak of World War I
193
The Nuclear Revolution and the Causes of War
240
Conclusion
255
Index
263
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Stephen Van Evera is Ford International Professor in the Political Science Department at MIT.

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