What Causes War? An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict

TitleWhat Causes War? An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCashman, Greg
Number of Pages360
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
CityLanham, MD

In a revised and updated edition, this survey of theories of causes of interstate war examines arguments and counterarguments, considers 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 Cashman explores in this accessible interdisciplinary text are: Are humans aggressive by nature? Do individual differences among leaders matter? How might poor decision making procedures lead to war? Why do leaders engage in seemingly risky and irrational policies that end in war? Why do states with internal conflicts seem to become entangled in wars with their neighbors? What roles do nationalism and ethnicity play in international conflict? What kinds of countries are most likely to become involved in war? Why have certain pairs of countries been particularly war-prone over the centuries? Can strong states deter war? Can we find any patterns in the way that war breaks out? How do balances of power or changes in balances of power make war more likely? Do social scientists currently have an answer to the question of what causes war? —Adapted from WorldCat

Short TitleWhat Causes War?
Original Publication(New York : Lexington Books ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1993).
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