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Dictators at war and peace

Author: Jessica L P Weeks
Publisher: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2014. ©2014
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs.
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Why do some autocratic leaders pursue aggressive or expansionist foreign policies, while others are much more cautious in their use of military force? The first book to focus systematically on the foreign policy of different types of authoritarian regimes, Dictators at War and Peace breaks new ground in our understanding of the international behavior of dictators. Jessica L.P. Weeks explains why certain kinds of  Read more...
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Weeks, Jessica L.P.
Dictators at war and peace.
Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2014
(DLC) 2014021002
(OCoLC)871508618
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica L P Weeks
ISBN: 0801455243 9780801455247
OCLC Number: 890509326
Awards: Winner of A Foreign Affairs 2014 Best Book of the Year (Poli.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 247 pages).
Contents: Authoritarian regimes and the domestic politics of war and peace --
Audiences, preferences, and decisions about war --
Hypotheses, implications, and cases --
Initiating international conflict --
Measuring authoritarian regime type --
Modeling the initiation of international conflict --
Results --
Winners, losers, and survival --
Selecting wars --
War outcomes in the past century --
Outcomes of militarized interstate disputes, 1946-2000 --
The consequences of defeat --
Personalist dictators: shooting from the hip --
Saddam Hussein and the 1990 invasion of Kuwait --
Josef Stalin: a powerful but loose cannon --
Juntas: using the only language they understand --
Argentina and the Falklands/Malvinas war --
Japan's road to World War II --
Machines: looking before they leap --
The North Vietnamese wars against the US, South Vietnam, and Cambodia --
The Soviet Union in the post-Stalin era --
Conclusion: dictatorship, war, and peace.
Series Title: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Responsibility: Jessica L.P. Weeks.

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Why do some autocratic leaders pursue aggressive or expansionist foreign policies, while others are much more cautious in their use of military force? The first book to focus systematically on the foreign policy of different types of authoritarian regimes, Dictators at War and Peace breaks new ground in our understanding of the international behavior of dictators. Jessica L.P. Weeks explains why certain kinds of regimes are less likely to resort to war than others, why some are more likely to win the wars they start, and why some authoritarian leaders face domestic punishment for foreign policy failures whereas others can weather all but the most serious military defeat. Using novel cross-national data, Weeks looks at various nondemocratic regimes, including those of Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin; the Argentine junta at the time of the Falklands War, the military government in Japan before and during World War II, and the North Vietnamese communist regime. She finds that the differences in the conflict behavior of distinct kinds of autocracies are as great as those between democracies and dictatorships. Indeed, some types of autocracies are no more belligerent or reckless than democracies, casting doubt on the common view that democracies are more selective about war than autocracies.

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