Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers

March 10, 1994|
Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers by T. V. Paul
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This book asks why weaker powers so often engage in wars against stronger opponents. It examines six cases where this occurred in this century, including the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982. The key argument of deterrence theory is that the military superiority of a relatively strong power, coupled with a credible retaliatory threat, will prevent attack by challengers. This book seriously challenges this assumption, and has wide implications for the study of war, deterrence, diplomacy and strategy.
Part I. Theoretical Framework: 1. Introduction: war initiation in international relations theory; 2. Explaining war initiation by weaker powers in asymmetric conflicts; Part II. The Case Studies: 3. The Japanese offensive against Russia, 1904; 4. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941; 5. The Chinese intervention in Korea, 1950; 6. ...
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Title:Asymmetric Conflicts: War Initiation by Weaker Powers
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:264 pages, 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.59 in
Shipping dimensions:264 pages, 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.59 in
Published:March 10, 1994
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780521466219

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