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Contagion and War

Lessons from the First World War

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Contagion and War by John A. Vasquez
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John A. Vasquez explains the processes that cause the spread of interstate war by looking at how contagion worked to bring countries into the First World War. Analysing all the key states that declared war, the book is comprised of three parts. Part I lays out six models of contagion: alliances, contiguity, territorial rivalry, opportunity, 'brute force', economic dependence. Part II then analyses in detail the decision making of every state that entered the war from Austria-Hungary in 1914 to the United States and Greece in 1917. Part III has two chapters - the first considers the neutral countries, and the second concludes the book with an overarching theoretical analysis, including major lessons of the war and new hypotheses about contagion. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, conflict studies and international history, especially those interested in the spread of conflict, or the First World War.

Author Biography

John A. Vasquez is the Thomas B. Mackie Scholar in International Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is author of eight books including, The War Puzzle (Cambridge, 1993), and The Power of Power Politics (Cambridge, 1999) and editor of ten others, including The Outbreak of the First World War, with Jack S. Levy (Cambridge, 2014). He has published over forty-five articles in major journals in political science and international relations. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conflict Processes section of the American Political Science Association.
Release date Australia
November 30th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
27 b/w illus. 15 tables 80 exercises
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
440
ISBN-13
9781108404273
Product ID
28248231

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