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Cover Image: Resort to War: 1816 - 2007
  • Date: 02/16/2010
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $215.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-87289-434-1
  • Pages: 577

  • Format: Online
  • ISBN: 978-1-60871-827-6
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Resort to War: 1816 - 2007
Meredith Reid Sarkees, American University
Frank Wayman, University of Michigan

The benchmark reference for understanding the phenomenon of war


What do we know about war?  This much-anticipated reference book analyzes more than a thousand wars waged from 1816 to 2008 using authoritative, highly standardized, and systematic coding methods from the Correlates of War Project, which aims to reveal the underlying patterns and causes of war. Resort to War lists and categorizes all violent conflicts with 1,000 or more battle deaths and provides an insightful narrative for each struggle. The volume distinguishes between traditional interstate war, the phenomenon of extra-state war as evidenced by the Al-Qaeda USA conflagration, intra-state war, and the new category of nonstate ethnic wars. After explaining how to determine what a “state” is and how to classify different types of wars, the authors describe each encounter and highlight major patterns across eras and regions, identifying which categories of war are becoming more or less prevalent over time, and revealing connections between the different types of war. Resort to War, the second title in the Correlates of War Series, is a definitive source for students and researchers examining patterns of international conflict; it is the essential guide to the data, trends, and context of these violent encounters.


Key Features

  • A unique study of the patterns of war
  • Highlights different patterns of interstate, intra-state, and extra-state conflicts
  • Authoritative data, newly discovered trends, insightful narrative


2010 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
"Finding authoritative information on wars--especially lesser-known conflicts--is often a daunting research task. This remarkably comprehensive work assembles this widely scattered information in one volume. Besides serving as a superb ready-reference source, the book also provides invaluable statistical and historical information to scholars." - CHOICE

"Appropriate for academic libraries supporting political science or history programs" - American Reference Books Annual
Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2010
Meredith Reid Sarkees, American University
Meredith Reid Sarkees is the President of Global Women's Leadership in International Security and serves as a consultant on women's leadership. She is also a faculty fellow at the Women & Politics Institute at American University. She and co-author Nancy E. McGlen wrote Women in Foreign Policy: the Insiders, a landmark study of women in the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon. She has been a long-time associate of the Correlates of War Project, and a co-author with its founder, J. David Singer.

Frank Wayman, University of Michigan
Frank Wayman is professor of political science at the University of Michigan – Dearborn, president of the Faculty Research Club at the University of Michigan, and a long-time associate of the Correlates of War Project.
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