Arms and Influence

ISBN-10: 0300143370
ISBN-13: 9780300143379
Edition: 2009 (Revised)
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Traditionally, Americans have viewed war as an alternative to diplomacy, and military strategy as the science of victory. Today, however, in our world of nuclear weapons, military power is not so much exercised as threatened. It is, Mr. Schelling says, bargaining power, and the exploitation of this power, for good or evil, to preserve peace or to threaten war, is diplomacy-the diplomacy of violence. The author concentrates in this book on the way in which military capabilities-real or imagined-are used, skillfully or clumsily, as bargaining power. He sees the steps taken by the U.S. during the Berlin and Cuban crises as not merely preparations for engagement, but as signals to an enemy, with reports from the adversary's own military intelligence as our most important diplomatic communications. Even the bombing of North Vietnam, Mr. Schelling points out, is as much coercive as tactical, aimed at decisions as much as bridges. He carries forward the analysis so brilliantly begun in his earlierThe Strategy of Conflict(1960) andStrategy and Arms Control(with Morton Halperin, 1961), and makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on modern war and diplomacy.

Thomas C. Schelling is Distinguished University Professor, Department of Economics and School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland and Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Preface to the 2008 Edition
Preface
The Diplomacy of Violence
The Art of Commitment
The Manipulation of Risk
The Idiom of Military Action
The Diplomacy of Ultimate Survival
The Dynamics of Mutual Alarm
The Dialogue of Competitive Armament
Afterword: An Astonishing Sixty Years:
The Legacy of Hiroshima
Index

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