A Century of Crisis and Conflict in the International System

Theory and Evidence: Intellectual Odyssey III

  • Michael¬†Brecher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael Brecher
    Pages 1-22
  3. Michael Brecher
    Pages 23-52
  4. Michael Brecher
    Pages 83-129
  5. Michael Brecher
    Pages 131-146
  6. Michael Brecher
    Pages 315-326
  7. Michael Brecher
    Pages 327-341
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-419

About this book


This book is designed to present a fully developed theory of international crisis and conflict, along with substantial evidence of these two closely related phenomena. The book begins with a discussion of these topics at a theoretical level, defining and elaborating on core concepts: international crisis, interstate conflict, severity, and impact. This is followed by a discussion of the international system, along with two significant illustrations, the Berlin Blockade crisis (1948) and the India-Pakistan crisis over Kashmir (1965-66). The book then presents a unified model of crisis, focusing on the four phases of an international crisis, which incorporate the four periods of foreign policy crises for individual states. Findings from thirteen conflicts representing six regional clusters are then analyzed, concluding with a set of hypotheses and evidence on conflict onset, persistence, and resolution.


conflict international relations case studies IR theory escalation crisis management leadership charismatic leaders

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael¬†Brecher
    • 1
  1. 1.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information