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What causes war? : an introduction to theories of international conflict

Author: Greg Cashman
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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<Span><span>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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cashman, Greg.
What causes war?.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated, 2014
(DLC) 2013008136
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Cashman
ISBN: 9780742566507 0742566501 9780742566514 074256651X 9780742566521 0742566528
OCLC Number: 1018395885
Notes: Restrictions on access to electronic version: access available to SOAS staff and students only, using SOAS id and password.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 607 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments; 1 Empirical Theory and the Causes of War; Empirical Theory; Levels of Analysis; 2 The Individual Level of Analysis, Part I; Why Are Human Beings Aggressive? The Nature-Nurture Dispute; Nature: Early Ethology; Nature: Second-Wave Studies in Ethology and Primatology; Nurture: The Basics; Nurture: Cultural Evolution; Nurture: Peaceful Societies; Nurture: Social Learning Theory; Nurture: Three Experiments in Learning Peace and War; Conclusion; 3 The Individual Level of Analysis, Part II; Do Individuals Make a Difference? The Role of Reason: The Rational ModelThe Role of Personality: Psychological Theories; The Role of Emotion: The Cognitive Revolution; The Role of Bias: Heuristic Theories; The Role of Risk Bias: Prospect Theory; The Role of Images and Beliefs; The Role of Decision-Stage Psychology: The Rubicon Theory; The Role of Misperception; The Role of Stress; Conclusion; 4 The Substate Level of Analysis; The Role of Rationality in Small Groups: The Rational Actor Model; The Role of Rationality: Expected Utility Theory; Why Governments Don't Use the Rational Actor Model The Role of Rationality: Bounded Rationality TheoryThe Role of Structure: The Organizational Process Model; The Role of Structure: The Bureaucratic Politics Model; The Role of Group Psychology: Groupthink; Group Concurrence Beyond Groupthink; Prescriptions for Better Small-Group Decision Making; Conclusion; 5 The State Level of Analysis, Part I; Liberalism: Some Basics; The Role of Regime Type (1): Democracy and the Monadic Peace; The Role of Regime Type (2): Democratization; The Role of Regime Type (3): Rogue States; The Role of the Business Cycle: Good Times and Bad Times Does Size Matter? The Role of Power, Size, and DevelopmentThe Role of Population (1): Lebensraum; The Role of Population (2): Lateral Pressure; Conclusion; 6 The State Level of Analysis, Part II; The Role of Internal Conflict (1): The Diversionary/Scapegoat Theory of War; The Role of Internal Conflict (2): Contested Institutions; The Role of Internal Conflict (3):"Kick 'Em While They're Down" Wars; The Role of Internal Conflict (4): Revolution; The Role of Internal Conflict (5): Outside Intervention in Internal Conflicts; The Role of Internal Conflict: Summing Up and Implications The Role of NationalismThe Role of War Weariness; Conclusion; 7 The Dyadic Level of Analysis, Part I; The Role of Contiguity and Territorial Disputes; The Role of Shared Ethnicity; The Role of Rivalry; The Role of Regime Types in Dyads; The Role of Dyadic Power Balances; Conclusion; 8 The Dyadic Level of Analysis, Part II; The Role of Action and Reaction in Dyads (I): The Spiral Model; The Role of Conciliatory Responses in the Spiral Model: Liberal and Conservative Views; Implications for Theory and Policy: The Security Dilemma; The Spiral Model: A Dissenting Opinion
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<Span><span>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 lead.

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