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.
Chapter 11: Evolution of War
Evolution of War
Victorious Israeli infantry advance in Egypt in M-3 armored personnel carriers during the Six-Day War. Part of the study of international conflict is to understand war outcomes, including how smaller countries such as Israel are sometimes able to defeat much larger countries and coalitions.
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[Page 255]What happens once a war starts? This is an important question that has received much less attention in political science than the causes of war and is the focus of this chapter. The evolution of war covers everything that happens during a war, including plans for military operations, wartime decision making, and warfare itself. We examined explanations of battle outcomes in connection with our ...