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 5: Power
A Soviet matchbox label with a fist smashing an American aircraft illustrates how the Cold War power struggle between the Soviet Union and United States pervaded society from the end of World War II until its symbolic end with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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[Page 97]To many, power is the key to understanding international politics. Accordingly, power has been a central element of international relations theories for many years. This focus can be traced back as far as Thucydides, who wrote History of the Peloponnesian War, detailing the war between Athens and Sparta in ancient Greece. Thucydides argues that power is the central element to explaining the actions ...