What Causes War?

What Causes War? : An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict

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In What Causes War? Greg Cashman provides a new synthesis of a rapidly expanding field. His analysis of international conflict starts at the level of individual psychology and proceeds through levels of rational decision making to large-scale theories of international systems. Cashman covers topics such as human aggression and psychological explanations for war; governmental decision making; the state and international conflict; and stimulus-response and game theories and their relation to arms races and deterrence. As the first such analysis published in years, this book will be invaluable for classroom use and will provide a substantial addition to the existing literature.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101129
  • 9780739101124
  • 1,420,051

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Empirical Theory and the Causes of War Chapter 2 The individual Level of Analysis: Human Agression Chapter 3 The Individual Level of Analysis: Psychological Explanations for War Chapter 4 Governmental Decision Making Chapter 5 The State and International Conflict Chapter 6 International Ineraction: Stimulus-Response Theory and Arms Races Chapter 7 International Interaction: Game Theory and Deterrence Theory Chapter 8 The International System: Anarchy and Power Chapter 9 The International System: Cyclical Theories and Historical-Structural Theories of War Chapter 10 Conclusion
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About Greg Cashman

Greg Cashman is Professor of Political Science at Salisbury State University.
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