The behavioral origins of war

D. Scott Bennett, Allan C. Stam

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In The Behavioral Origins of War, D. Scott Bennett and Allan C. Stam analyze systemic, binary, and individual factors in order to evaluate a wide variety of theories about the origins of war. Challenging the view that theories of war are nothing more than competing explanations for observed behavior, this expansive study incorporates variables from multiple theories and thus accounts for war's multiplicity of causes. While individual theories offer partial explanations for international conflict, only a valid set of theories can provide a complete explanation. Bennett and Stam's unconventional yet methodical approach opens the way for cumulative scientific progress in international relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
Number of pages289
ISBN (Print)0472098446, 9780472068449
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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