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What Causes War?

An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict
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Greg Cashman
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Chapter 1: Empirical Theory and the Causes of War
Chapter 2: The Individual Level of Analysis, Part I: Human Aggression
Chapter 3: The Individual Level of Analysis, Part II: Psychological Explanations for War
Chapter 4: The Substate Level of Analysis: Group Decision Making
Chapter 5: The State Level of Analysis, Part I: Political, Economic, and Demographic Factors
Chapter 6: The State Level of Analysis, Part II: Internal Conflicts, Nationalism, and War Weariness
Chapter 7: The Dyadic Level of Analysis, Part I: The Nature of Dyads-Really Bad Dyads and Pretty Good Dyads
Chapter 8: The Dyadic Level of Analysis, Part II: International Interactions
Chapter 9: The Dyadic Level of Analysis, Part III: Game Theory, Bargaining, and Deterrence Theory
Chapter 10: The International System Level of Analysis, Part I: Realism, Anarchy, and the Balance of Power
Chapter 11: The International System Level of Analysis, Part II: Power Dynamics, Cyclical Theories, and Historical-Structural Theories of War
Chapter 12: Constructivism: A Digression
Chapter 13: Conclusion

Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition, this classic text presents a comprehensive survey of the many alternative theories that attempt to explain the causes of interstate war. For each theory, Greg Cashman examines the arguments and counterarguments, considers the empirical evidence and counterevidence generated by social-science research, looks at historical applications of the theory, and discusses the theory's implications for restraining international violence.
Among the questions he explores are: Are humans aggressive by nature? Do individual differences among leaders matter? How might poor decision making procedures lead to war? Why do leaders engage in seemingly risky and irrational policies that end in war? Why do states with internal conflicts seem to become entangled in wars with their neighbors? What roles do nationalism and ethnicity play in international conflict? What kinds of countries are most likely to become involved in war? Why have certain pairs of countries been particularly war-prone over the centuries? Can strong states deter war? Can we find any patterns in the way that war breaks out? How do balances of power or changes in balances of power make war more likely? Do social scientists currently have an answer to the question of what causes war?

Cashman examines theories of war at the individual, substate, nation-state, dyadic, and international systems level of analysis. Written in a clear and accessible style, this interdisciplinary text will be essential reading for all students of international relations.