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International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is based on the premise that proper understanding of international conflict - a necessary prerequisite for achieving peace - can come only from logic and evidence, not from opinion and anecdote. This groundbreaking book introduces students to international conflict's key theories and empirical research. Throughout the text, author Stephen L. Quackenbush gives examples that enable readers to see the theory in real-world events, and provides the data from the most recent research. Covering the entire process of interstate war, from causes of conflict to escalation, conduct, resolution, and recurrence, the book provides readers with a fascinating, thorough study that will help them understand how international conflict works.

Escalation of Disputes to War
Escalation of disputes to war

Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife, Czech Countess Sophie Chotek, during their visit to Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, as depicted in this artist’s rendition. The incident precipitated World War I, one of the most costly examples of the escalation of disputes to war.

Source: Associated Press

In the preceding chapters, we examined several primary causes of international conflict, including contiguity, power, and alliances. In some cases we have distinguished between militarized interstate disputes and war, but for the most part we have focused on various causes of international conflict in general, rather than disputes or war in particular. Our ...

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