Causes of War

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… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press (January 15, 2013)

Collection: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs

Parent ISBN: 9780801432019

Page count: 288 pages

Language: English


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