Logic and Evidence
- Stephen L. Quackenbush - University of Missouri - Columbia, USA
Bring scientific research-based findings to the study of international conflict
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.
“International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a superb introduction to the ideas and apparatus of the conflict processes field. The book covers the entire process of war in a succinct way. By the last page, students have a basic familiarity with offense and defensive realism, stability, and polarity, expected utility theory, and other major areas of the literature.”
“Quackenbush has written a highly readable and intellectually stimulating book. I have no doubt that students will find the content useful for advancing their understanding of warfare. Equally importantly, the book’s emphasis on explaining the scientific method and carefully delineating various approaches to scientific research make it especially useful. Indeed, the book helps readers understand how the social sciences ‘do’ science, which is one of its most unique and appealing features.”
“International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a textbook that could serve as both a text and also a great reference for original research. It collects and generalizes some of the most focused and important research topics in the scientific study of war over the past thirty years (at least).”
Very good book for both business and history students. Would thoroughly recommend this text. Not currently in the library but will recommend it is.