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Myths of Empire
Domestic Politics and International Ambition
Overextension is the common pitfall of empires. Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the varieties of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the traditional explanations offered by historians and political scientists.
Conventional War and Nuclear Risks
This sobering book demonstrates how the interplay between conventional military operations and nuclear forces could inadvertently produce pressures for nuclear escalation.
Winning the Next War
Innovation and the Modern Military
Rosen argues that armies and navies are not forever doomed to "fight the last war." Rather, they are able to respond to shifts in the international strategic...
Military Organizations, Complex Machines
Modernization in the U.S. Armed Services
Chris Demchak explores the reasons why military machines surprise their users and how they can change both the complexity and effectiveness of tactical...
The Meaning of the Nuclear Revolution
Statecraft and the Prospect of Armageddon
Robert Jervis argues here that the possibility of nuclear war has created a revolution in military strategy and international relations. He examines how the potential for nuclear Armageddon has changed the meaning of war, the psychology of...
A Substitute for Victory
The Politics of Peacemaking at the Korean Armistice Talks
After more than two years of bitter negotiations during which combatants & civilians continued to suffer casualties, the Korean armistice was concluded in July 1953. Focusing on the Americans formulation of negotiating positions & on their attempts to coordinate political goals with military tactics, Rosemary Foot here charts the tortuous path...
The Ideology of the Offensive
Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914
Jack Snyder's analysis of the attitudes of military planners in the years prior to the Great War demonstrates that it is not only rational analysis that determines strategic doctrine, but also the attitudes of military planners.
Japan Prepares for Total War
The Search for Economic Security, 1919–1941
Barnhart examines the events leading up to World War II in the context of Japan's quest for economic security.
The Origins of Alliances
How are alliances made? In this book, Stephen M. Walt makes a significant contribution to this topic, surveying theories of the origins of international alliances and identifying the most important causes of security cooperation between states...
The Sources of Military Doctrine
France, Britain, and Germany Between the World Wars
Barry R. Posen explores how military doctrine takes shape and the role it plays in grand strategy—that collection of military, economic, and political means and ends with which a state attempts to achieve...