Never at War: Why Democracies Will Not Fight One Another

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Yale University Press, 1998 - History - 424 pages
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This survey of the history of conflict between democracies reveals an important finding: fully democratic nations have never made war on other democracies. Furthermore, historian Spencer R. Weart concludes in this book, they probably never will. Building his argument on some 40 case studies ranging through history from ancient Athens to Renaissance Italy to modern America, the author analyzes every instance in which democracies or regimes like democracies have confronted each other with military force.
  

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Contents

Investigating the Puzzle of Democratic Peace
1
Ancient Greece Definitions and a Pattern of Peace
24
Medieval Italy Wars Without States
38
The Rise of Republican States Ideals and Alliances
56
The Political Culture of Peace
75
The Swiss Republics Defining an Enemy
94
Oligarchy Intervention and Civil War
113
Republics Versus Autocracies
135
Authoritarian Diplomacy
179
Republican Diplomacy
201
Imperialist Aggression by Democracies
220
Leagues of Republics
244
Crusading for Democracy
270
Military Confrontations Between Approximately Republican Regimes of the Same Kind
297
Notes
319
Index
413

WellEstablished Republics Versus Authoritarian Regimes
146
WellEstablished Republics Versus Newborn Republics
164

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About the author (1998)

Spencer R. Weart is Director Emeritus of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.

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