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The Resource War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975, Jack S. Levy

War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975, Jack S. Levy

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War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975
Title
War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975
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Jack S. Levy
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Language
eng
Summary
"The apparently accelerating arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union and the precarious political conditions existing in many parts of the world have given rise to new anxiety about the possibility of military confrontation between the superpowers. Despite the fateful nature of the risk, we have little knowledge, as Jack S. Levy has pointed out, 'of the conditions, processes, and events which might combine to generate such a calamity'. No empirically confirmed theory of the causes of war exists, and the hypotheses -often contradictory- that have been proposed remain untested. As a step toward the formulation of a theory of the causes of war that can be tested against historical experience, Levy has developed a unique data base that will serve as an invaluable resource for students of international conflict in coming years. 'War in the Modern Great Power System' provides a much-needed perspective on the major wars of the past. In this thorough and systematic study, Levy carefully defines the Great Power concept and identifies the Great Powers and their international wars since the late fifteenth century. The resulting compilation of war data is unique because of its five-century span and its focus on a well-defined set of Great Powers. Turning to a quantitative analysis of the characteristics, patterns, and trends in war, Levy demonstrates that although wars between the Great Powers have become increasingly serious in every respect but duration over the last five hundred years, their frequency has diminished. He rejects the popular view that the twentieth century has been the most warlike on record, and he demonstrates that it instead constitutes a return to the historical norm after the exceptionally peaceful nineteenth century. Applying his data to the question whether war is "contagious, " he finds that the likelihood of war is indeed highest when another war is under way, but that this contagious effect disappears after the first war is over. Contrary to the popular "war-weariness" theory, he finds no evidence that war generates an aversion to subsequent war. This study, extending the scientific analysis of war back over five centuries of international history, constitutes a major contribution to our knowledge of international conflict."--
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1948-
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Levy, Jack S.
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • War
  • Great powers
  • Balance of power
  • World politics
  • Military history, Modern
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War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975, Jack S. Levy
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-210) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. Introduction: the empirical study of war -- 2. The modern great power system -- 3. Definition and identification of the wars -- 4. Measurement of the wars -- 5. Quantitative description of the wars -- 6. Historical trends in war -- 7. War contagion -- 8. Conclusion: a base for further investigation
Control code
FIEb17757058
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 215 pages
Isbn
9780813153391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900028446
Label
War in the modern great power system, 1495-1975, Jack S. Levy
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-210) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. Introduction: the empirical study of war -- 2. The modern great power system -- 3. Definition and identification of the wars -- 4. Measurement of the wars -- 5. Quantitative description of the wars -- 6. Historical trends in war -- 7. War contagion -- 8. Conclusion: a base for further investigation
Control code
FIEb17757058
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 215 pages
Isbn
9780813153391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)900028446

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