Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War (BOK)

Richard Ned Lebow

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Four generic motives have historically led states to initiate war: fear, interest, standing, and revenge. Using an original data set, Richard Ned Lebow examines the distribution of wars across three and a half centuries and argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, only a minority of these were motivated by security or material interest. Instead, the majority are the result of a quest for standing, and for revenge - an attempt to get even with states who had previously made successful territorial grabs. Lebow maintains that today none of these motives are effectively served by war - it is increasingly counterproductive - and that there is growing recognition of this political reality. His analysis allows for more fine-grained and persuasive forecasts about the future of war as well as highlighting areas of uncertainty.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Richard Ned Lebow
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521170451
Antall sider 318 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,6cm
Vekt 500 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form International relations, General & world history, Warfare & defence