Explaining War and Peace Case Studies and Necessary Condition Counterfactuals

ISBN-10: 0415422337

ISBN-13: 9780415422338

Edition: 2007

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Description: This edited volume focuses on the use of necessary condition counterfactuals in explaining two key events in twentieth century history, thenbsp;origins of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. Containing essays by leading figures in the field, this book analyzes the causal logics of necessary and sufficient conditions, demonstrates the variety of different ways in which necessary condition counterfactuals are used to explain the causes of individual events, and identifies errors commonly made in applying this form of causal logic to individual events. It includes discussions of causal chains, contingency, critical junctures, and powder keg explanations, and the role of necessary conditions in each. Explaining War and Peace will be of great interest to students of qualitative analysis, the First World War, the Cold War, international history and international relations theory in general.

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List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 362
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Roger Joseph Ebert was born on June 18, 1942 in Urbana, Illinois, and died on April 4, 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was editor of the Daily Illini. He is best known for his film review column in the Chicago Sun Times since 1967 and for the television programs Sneak Previews, At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and Siskel and Ebert and The Movies. After Gene Siskel's death in 1999, Roger Ebert teamed up with Ruchard Roeper for the television series Ebert and Roeper and The Movies which began airing in 2000. Ebert's movie reviews were in more than 200 newspapers in the U.S. and worldwide by Universal Press Syndicate. He wrote more than 15 books, including his annual movie yearbook which was a collection of his reviews for that specific year. He became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. In June 2005, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he was the first professional critic to receive this award. He received honorary degrees from the University of Colorado, the AFI Conservatory, and the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Ebert died on April 4, 2013 at age 70. He had lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.Jack S. Levy is the Board of Governors' Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and coauthor, with William R. Thompson, of Causes of War.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Causal explanation, necessary conditions, and case studies
The role of necessary conditions in the outbreak of World War I
Contingency, catalysts and nonlinear change: the origins of World War I
Powderkegs, sparks and World War I
Necessary conditions and World War I as an unavoidable war
Power, globalization, and the end of the Cold War: reevaluating a landmark case for ideas
Perestroika without politics: how realism misunderstands the Cold War's end
New versus old thinking in qualitative research
The elaboration model and necessary causes
Classroom exercises and website
References
Index
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