The Logic of Conflict

The Logic of Conflict is my first book. It is based on my dissertation at the University of Iowa, and follow-on work I did as a junior professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I prepared the manuscript for the book at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China from 1990 to 1992.

By now, the book is essentially out of print. I checked the listing at Amazon, and the description is incorrect: it has nothing to do with the actual contents of the book. Since I don’t own the copyright to the book, I’m not able to change the description. You can see the opening pages of this book at Google Books.

I’m proud of this one – it’s my first baby, and required lots of work. Preparation of this monograph as a young scholar made me want to write more books. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction:

Paradoxically, theories of interstate conflict must be both more comprehensive and more context-specific if they are to offer insights and predictions that are accurate and useful to policymakers. In light of the obstacles to theory building, researchers have done pretty well, but too many of their contributions are received skeptically by those who could benefit most from their work. To develop ways of attaining these qualities of comprehensiveness and sensitivity to context, their studies should encompass more types of behavior and more kinds of interaction, which would enable them to take into account such contextual factors as alliance relationships, domestic politics, third-party interventions, and international norms. (page 7)

If you’d like a copy of this book, you should contact me directly, rather than go through internet confusion for a book that has a twenty-five year history. I probably can’t get you a copy, but I’m still happy to hear from you!


M. E. Sharpe published The Logic of Conflict in 1993 as a hard cover edition only. It is out of print, but is available used from Amazon.