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International Political Earthquakes is the masterwork of the preeminent scholar Michael Brecher. Brecher, who came of age before World War II, has witnessed more than seven decades of conflict and has spent his career studying the dynamics of relations among nations throughout the world. When terrorism, ethnic conflict, military buildup, or other local tensions spark an international crisis, Brecher argues that the structure of global politics determines its potential to develop into open conflict. That conflict, in turn, may then generate worldwide political upheaval. Comparing international crises to earthquakes, Brecher proposes a scale analogous to the Richter scale to measure the severity and scope of the impact of a crisis on the landscape of international politics. Brecher's conclusions about the causes of international conflict and its consequences for global stability make a convincing case for gradual, nonviolent approaches to crisis resolution. Michael Brecher is R. B. Angus Professor of Political Science at McGill University.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iv-v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. xi
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part A. THEORY AND AGGREGATE ANALYSIS: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Conflict and Crisis: Concepts and Overview Findings on Earthquakes I
  2. pp. 6-27
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Protracted Conflict-Crisis Model and Findings on Earthquakes II
  2. pp. 28-35
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Crisis Escalation to War: Concepts, Model, and Findings on Earthquakes III
  2. pp. 36-44
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Crisis Severity and Impact: Concepts and Model
  2. pp. 45-57
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Crisis Intensity and Fallout: Findings on Earthquakes IV
  2. pp. 58-80
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Structure and Stability: Concepts and Model
  2. pp. 81-92
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  1. CHAPTER 7. Findings on the Polarity-Stability Nexus
  2. pp. 93-106
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  1. Notes to Part A
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. Part B. QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS: CASE STUDIES OF POLITICAL EARTHQUAKES: Introduction
  2. pp. 111-120
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  1. CHAPTER 8. Ethiopian (Abyssinian) War 1934-6, Multipolarity, Africa
  2. pp. 121-147
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  1. CHAPTER 9. Berlin Blockade 1948-49, Bipolarity, Europe
  2. pp. 148-168
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  1. CHAPTER 10. Bangladesh 1971, Bipolycentrism, Asia
  2. pp. 169-195
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  1. CHAPTER 11. Gulf War I 1990-91, Unipolycentrism, Middle East
  2. pp. 196-226
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  1. CHAPTER 12. Coping/Crisis Management: Findings on Earthquakes V
  2. pp. 227-261
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  1. CHAPTER 13. What Have We Learned?
  2. pp. 262-283
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  1. Notes to Part B
  2. pp. 285-301
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  1. References for Part A
  2. pp. 303-311
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  1. References for Part B
  2. pp. 312-320
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 321-327
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 329-335
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472024018
Related ISBN
9780472050017
MARC Record
OCLC
587497094
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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