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Understanding War and Peace


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Contents; Preface Dan Reiter; Introduction Dan Reiter; Section 1. Broad Perspectives: 1. Bargaining and War Dan Reiter; 2. Sex, Gender and Violence Valerie M. Hudson and Dan Reiter; Section 2. Domestic Politics and War: 3. Domestic Political Institutions and War Jessica L. P. Weeks; 4. Public Opinion and War Christopher Gelpi; 5. Leaders and War Michael C. Horowitz; 6. Economics and War Paul Poast; Section 3. Conflict Within States: 7. Civil Wars Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham; 8. Terrorism Philip B. Potter; Section 4. Diplomacy and Conflict: 9. International Alliances Dan Reiter; 10. Mediation and Peacekeeping Kyle Beardsley; Section 5. Special Topics in Conflict: 11. Nuclear Weapons Michael C. Horowitz; 12. Drone Warfare Sarah E. Kreps; 13. Environment and Conflict Cullen S. Hendrix.

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Undergraduate multi-author textbook by leading conflict scholars focusing on the roots of global conflicts and the various means used to resolve them.

About the Author

Dr. Dan Reiter is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He is one of the leading scholars in international relations, having for decades published across the breadth of conflict topics, including the causes of war, bargaining and war, alliances, terrorism, nuclear weapons, gender and conflict, military effectiveness and war outcomes, IR decision-making, domestic politics and foreign policy, the democratic peace, military strategy, foreign-imposed regime change, and others. He has won many scholarly awards, served on the editorial boards of leading journals in political science and international relations, and has taught undergraduates for decades.


'Understanding War and Peace is an outstanding textbook that offers an insightful and comprehensive introduction to the complex world of international conflict. Written by a team of leading scholars in the field, it delivers an engaging and accessible overview of the most important concepts and historical applications in the study of war, making it an ideal resource for undergraduate students. The book's focus on policy and real-world examples, coupled with its innovative pedagogy, including quantitative analysis, and valuable online resources, make it an indispensable tool for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of global conflicts and their resolutions.' Allan C. Stam, University of Virginia
'Understanding War and Peace is an exceptional textbook that thoroughly prepares students for further analysis and coursework in international conflict. Its highly innovative structure is unique and extremely valuable as a teaching tool. Finally, a hallmark of this book is that it is exceptionally well-written, and therefore easily engages the reader and maintains the reader's interest.' Hein Goemans, University of Rochester
'This concise text is a fantastic resource for engaging international relations students. It draws on firstrate scholarship to teach complex, important topics in an accessible manner. Understanding War and Peace is a valuable addition to any syllabus and is sure to promote learning, spur discussion, and provoke thought among those entering the field.' Caitlin Talmadge, Georgetown University
'Understanding War and Peace is an accessible but comprehensive guide to the complex and fundamental issue of conflict in the contemporary international system which can be used as an introductory textbook but may also be useful to the concerned public.' Filippo Andreatta, University of Bologna
'Cleverly conceived and lucidly written, this book relies on leading scholars to provide a sweeping education about the field of international relations: its topics, methods, and debates.' Jennifer M. Lind, Dartmouth College

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