Based on an in-depth review of the leading theories in the field of international relations, International Relations Theory of War explains an innovative theory on the international system, developed by the author, that he applies comprehensively to a large number of case studies. The book argues that there is a unipolar system that represents a kind of innovation relative to other systemic theories. It further posits that unipolar systems will be less stable than bipolar systems and more stable than multipolar systems, providing new insights relative to other theories that argue that unipolar systems are the most stable ones.
The first chapter is devoted to explaining the manner of action of the two dependent variables—systemic international outcome and intra-systemic international outcome. The second chapter presents the international relations theory of war and its key assumptions. The third chapter precisely defines the distribution of power in the system. The fourth chapter examines the theory’s two key phenomena. The fifth and last chapter presents the book’s conclusions by examining the theoretical assumptions of the international relations theory of war.
- Presents an innovative theory of war that covers the major superpower conflicts of the past 200 years
- Provides the tools necessary to understanding current events and shows how they are relevant to the future of international relations
- Emphasizes the competitive aspects and conflicts of international politics
- Answers the key question of why certain time periods are more prone to war than others
- Explains why certain superpower wars end with territorial expansion whereas others end in the contraction or maintaining of territorial status