War: Controlling Escalation

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War: Controlling Escalation

By Richard Smoke
Harvard University Press, 1978
419 pp. $18.50
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Building on the previous classics in this field by Schelling and Kahn, Richard Smoke has written perhaps the finest study to date of the dynamics of escalation. In a perfect example of focused, comprehensive analysis, he combines a well-defined research method with historical case studies and derives important conclusions. The result is conceptually rigorous, scholastically brilliant, and analytically a major contribution.