Why Nations Fight : Past and Future Motives for War Hardback
Four generic motives have historically led states to initiate war: fear, interest, standing, and revenge.
Using an original data set, Richard Ned Lebow examines the distribution of wars across three and a half centuries and argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, only a minority of these were motivated by security or material interest.
Instead, the majority are the result of a quest for standing, and for revenge - an attempt to get even with states who had previously made successful territorial grabs.
Lebow maintains that today none of these motives are effectively served by war - it is increasingly counterproductive - and that there is growing recognition of this political reality.
His analysis allows for more fine-grained and persuasive forecasts about the future of war as well as highlighting areas of uncertainty.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 308 pages, 2 Tables, black and white; 11 Line drawings, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780521192835