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What Do We Know about War?

Second Edition

Edited by John A. Vasquez

What Do We Know about War? reviews the research on causes of war and the conditions of peace over the past forty-five years. Leading scholars explore the critical roles of territorial disputes, alliances, arms races, rivalry, and nuclear weapons in bringing about war as well as the factors promoting peace, including democracy, norms, stable borders, and capitalist economies. Considering what has been learned about the causes of war and the conditions of peace in the ten years since the publication of the first edition, this invaluable text offers an accessible and up-to-date overview of current knowledge and an agenda for future research.

Contributions by: Brett V. Benson, Paul F. Diehl, Colin Flint, Daniel S. Geller, Douglas M. Gibler, Gary Goertz, Paul R. Hensel, Choong-Nam Kang, Jack S. Levy, Zeev Maoz, Sara McLaughlin Mitchell, Michael Mousseau, Karen Rasler, Susan G. Sample, William R. Thompson, Brandon Valeriano, John A. Vasquez, and Peter Wallensteen.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 410Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-1263-3 • Hardback • March 2012 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4422-1264-0 • Paperback • March 2012 • $59.00 • (£39.95)
978-1-4422-1265-7 • eBook • March 2012 • $56.00 • (£37.95)
John A. Vasquez is Thomas B. Mackie Scholar in International Relations and professor of political science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
John A. Vasquez
Part I: Factors that Bring about War
Chapter 1: Territory: Geography, Contentious Issues, and World Politics
Paul R. Hensel
Chapter 2: Alliances: Path to Peace or Path to War?
Choong-Nam Kang
Chapter 3: Alliances: ATOP Data and Deterrence
Brett V. Benson
Chapter 4: Becoming Rivals: The Process of Rivalry Development
Brandon Valeriano
Chapter 5: The Rivalry Process: How Rivalries Are Sustained and Terminated
Paul F. Diehl and Gary Goertz
Chapter 6: Arms Races: A Cause or a Symptom?
Susan G. Sample
Chapter 7: Nuclear Weapons and War
Daniel S. Geller
Part II: Factors that Promote Peace
Chapter 8: Norms and the Democratic Peace
Sara McLaughlin Mitchell
Chapter 9: A Market-Capitalist or a Democratic Peace?
Michael Mousseau
Chapter 10: The Implications of a Territorial Peace
Douglas M. Gibler
Part III: Reflections and Conclusions on the Scientific Study of Peace and War
Chapter 11: War-Making and State-Making: How and Where Does It Fit into a Bigger Picture?
Karen Rasler and William R. Thompson
Chapter 12: Future Directions in the Scientific Study of Peace and War
Peter Wallensteen
Chapter 13: Normal Science and Open Questions: Reflections on the Study of Peace and War, 2001–2011
Zeev Maoz
Chapter 14: The "Paths to War" Concept
Jack S. Levy
Chapter 15: Peace Science as Normal Science: What Role for Geography in the Coming Revolution?
Colin Flint
Chapter 16: What Do We Know about War?
John A. Vasquez
The new edition of What Do We Know about War? will be a great asset to students and scholars of international conflict. The chapters provide perceptive overviews of the current state of the discipline and in some cases even provide additional insights. This book is perfect for courses in international conflict and for scholars who want a good overview of an area of scholarship before beginning their own research.
Richard J. Stoll, Rice University

The second edition of What Do We Know about War? is far more than just an update of the excellent first edition. The expansion of topics and consideration of new research not only masterfully answer the question the title asks but also give tremendous insight into both how the knowledge has been gained and where future work is likely to take us. The chapters offer great summaries of each facet of war's causes and consequences and will be tremendously useful in both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Douglas Lemke, Pennsylvania State University

By providing an excellent summary of scientific research findings on interstate wars during the past thirty-five or so years, this volume makes a valuable contribution.
(Previous Edition Praise)

What Do We Know about War? provides a useful overview of the quantitative literature on war.
(Previous Edition Praise)
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