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Proxy Wars

by Eli Berman & David A. Lake Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

The most common image of world politics involves states negotiating, cooperating, or sometimes fighting with one another; billiard balls in motion on a global pool table. Yet working through local proxies or...

The End of Grand Strategy

by Simon Reich & Peter Dombrowski Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

In The End of Grand Strategy, Simon Reich and Peter Dombrowski challenge the common view of grand strategy as unitary. They eschew prescription of any one specific approach, chosen from a spectrum that stretches...

The Uskoks of Senj

by Catherine Wendy Bracewell Cornell University Press (November 20, 2015)

In this highly original and influential book, Catherine Wendy Bracewell reconstructs and analyzes the tumultuous history of the uskoks of Senj, the martial bands nominally under the control of the Habsburg Military...

A New History of the Peloponnesian War

by Donald Kagan Cornell University Press

A New History of the Peloponnesian War is an ebook-only omnibus edition that includes all four volumes of Donald Kagan's acclaimed account of the war between Athens and Sparta (431–404 B.C.): The Outbreak...

Conventional Deterrence

by John J. Mearsheimer Cornell University Press (August 21, 1985)

Conventional Deterrence is a book about the origins of war. Why do nations faced with the prospect of large-scale conventional war opt for or against an offensive strategy? John J. Mearsheimer examines a number...

Samurai to Soldier

by D. Colin Jaundrill Cornell University Press (July 09, 2016)

In Samurai to Soldier, D. Colin Jaundrill rewrites the military history of nineteenth-century Japan. In fifty years spanning the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the rise of the Meiji nation-state, conscripts...

The Soul of Armies

by Austin Long Cornell University Press (March 01, 2016)

For both the United States and United Kingdom counterinsurgency was a serious component of security policy during the Cold War and, along with counterterrorism, has been the greatest security challenge after...

Religion on the Battlefield

by Ron E. Hassner Cornell University Press (May 18, 2016)

How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized...

Outsourcing War

by Amy E. Eckert Cornell University Press (January 05, 2016)

Recent decades have seen an increasing reliance on private military contractors (PMCs) to provide logistical services, training, maintenance, and combat troops. In Outsourcing War, Amy E. Eckert examines the...

The Dictator's Army

by Caitlin Talmadge Cornell University Press (July 31, 2015)

In The Dictator's Army, Caitlin Talmadge presents a compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for...

Life and Death in Captivity

by Geoffrey P. R. Wallace Cornell University Press (April 30, 2015)

Why are prisoners horribly abused in some wars but humanely cared for in others? In Life and Death in Captivity, Geoffrey P. R. Wallace explores the profound differences in the ways captives are treated during...

War, States, and Contention

by Sidney Tarrow Cornell University Press (April 09, 2015)

For the last two decades, Sidney Tarrow has explored "contentious politics"—disruptions of the settled political order caused by social movements. These disruptions range from strikes and street protests...

Logics of War

by Alex Weisiger Cornell University Press (March 15, 2013)

Most wars between countries end quickly and at relatively low cost. The few in which high-intensity fighting continues for years bring about a disproportionate amount of death and suffering. What separates these...

Revolution and War

by Stephen M. Walt Cornell University Press (August 07, 2013)

Revolution within a state almost invariably leads to intense security competition between states, and often to war. In Revolution and War, Stephen M. Walt explains why this is so, and suggests how the risk of...

Causes of War

by Stephen Van Evera Cornell University Press (January 15, 2013)

What causes war? How can military conflicts best be prevented? In this book, Stephen Van Evera frames five conditions that increase the risk of interstate war: false optimism about the likely outcome of a war,...

Final Solutions

by Benjamin A. Valentino Cornell University Press (January 14, 2013)

Benjamin A. Valentino finds that ethnic hatreds or discrimination, undemocratic systems of government, and dysfunctions in society play a much smaller role in mass killing and genocide than is commonly assumed....

The military lens

by Christopher P. Twomey Cornell University Press

In The Military Lens, Christopher P. Twomey shows how differing military doctrines have led to misperceptions between the United States and China over foreign policy-and the potential dangers these might pose...

The Ideology of the Offensive

by Jack Snyder Cornell University Press (May 21, 2013)

Jack Snyder's analysis of the attitudes of military planners in the years prior to the Great War offers new insight into the tragic miscalculations of that era and into their possible parallels in present-day...

The Source of Military Doctrine

by Barry R. Posen Cornell University Press (September 09, 2014)

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 security....

Bombing to Win

by Robert A. Pape Cornell University Press (April 11, 2014)

From Iraq to Bosnia to North Korea, the first question in American foreign policy debates is increasingly: Can air power alone do the job? Robert A. Pape provides a systematic answer. Analyzing the results of...

The remnants of war

by John Mueller Cornell University Press

"War . . . is merely an idea, an institution, like dueling or slavery, that has been grafted onto human existence. It is not a trick of fate, a thunderbolt from hell, a natural calamity, or a desperate plot...

Tolstoy On War

by Rick McPeak & Donna Tussing Orwin Cornell University Press

In 1812, Napoleon launched his fateful invasion of Russia. Five decades later, Leo Tolstoy published War and Peace, a fictional representation of the era that is one of the most celebrated novels in world literature....

The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition

by Donald Kagan Cornell University Press (January 16, 2013)

Why did the Peace of Nicias fail to reconcile Athens and Sparta? In the third volume of his landmark four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the years between the signing of the peace...

The Archidamian War

by Donald Kagan Cornell University Press (January 15, 2013)

This book, the second volume in Donald Kagan's tetralogy about the Peloponnesian War, is a provocative and tightly argued history of the first ten years of the war. Taking a chronological approach that allows...

The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

by Donald Kagan Cornell University Press (January 16, 2013)

The first volume of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War offers a new evaluation of the origins and causes of the conflict, based on evidence produced by modern scholarship and...

The Fall of the Athenian Empire

by Donald Kagan Cornell University Press (January 14, 2013)

In the fourth and final volume of his magisterial history of the Peloponnesian War, Donald Kagan examines the period from the destruction of Athens' Sicilian expedition in September of 413 B.C. to the Athenian...

Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers

by David E. Johnson Cornell University Press

The U.S. Army entered World War II unprepared. In addition, lacking Germany's blitzkrieg approach of coordinated armor and air power, the army was organized to fight two wars: one on the ground and one in the...

Absolute Destruction

by Isabel V. Hull Cornell University Press

In a book that is at once a major contribution to modern European history and a cautionary tale for today, Isabel V. Hull argues that the routines and practices of the Imperial German Army, unchecked by effective...

War on Sacred Grounds

by Ron E. Hassner Cornell University Press (August 13, 2009)

Sacred sites offer believers the possibility of communing with the divine and achieving deeper insight into their faith. Yet their spiritual and cultural importance can lead to competition as religious groups...

Storm of Steel

by Mary R. Habeck Cornell University Press (June 30, 2014)

In this fascinating account of the battle tanks that saw combat in the European Theater of World War II, Mary R. Habeck traces the strategies developed between the wars for the use of armored vehicles in battle....

The Purpose of Intervention

by Martha Finnemore Cornell University Press (January 15, 2013)

Violence or the potential for violence is a fact of human existence. Many societies, including our own, reward martial success or skill at arms. The ways in which members of a particular society use force reveal...

The American Way of Bombing

by Matthew Evangelista & Henry Shue Cornell University Press (July 11, 2014)

Aerial bombardment remains important to military strategy, but the norms governing bombing and the harm it imposes on civilians have evolved. The past century has seen everything from deliberate attacks against...

Occupational Hazards

by David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (July 20, 2011)

Few would contest that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is a clear example of just how fraught a military occupation can become. In Occupational Hazards, David M. Edelstein elucidates the occasional successes of...

Targeting Civilians in War

by Alexander B. Downes Cornell University Press

Accidental harm to civilians in warfare often becomes an occasion for public outrage, from citizens of both the victimized and the victimizing nation. In this vitally important book on a topic of acute concern...

Japan Prepares for Total War

by Michael A. Barnhart Cornell University Press (March 22, 2013)

The roots of Japan's aggressive, expansionist foreign policy have often been traced to its concern over acute economic vulnerability. Michael A. Barnhart tests this assumption by examining the events leading...

Curse on This Country

by Danny Orbach Cornell University Press (February 01, 2017)

Imperial Japanese soldiers were notorious for blindly following orders, and their enemies in the Pacific War derided them as "cattle to the slaughter." But, in fact, the Japanese Army had a long history as one...

Drawing the Lines

by Nicholas R. Seabrook Cornell University Press (February 01, 2017)

Radical redistricting plans, such as that pushed through by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2003, are frequently used for partisan purposes. Perry's plan sent twenty-one Republicans (and only eleven Democrats)...