Extended Deterrence and the Prevention of War

Paul K. Huth

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"This is an important and timely addition to the literature on extended deterrence. . . . A meticulous, clear, and thorough presentation of the rational-choice approach. The data have been gathered with painstaking care and treated with suitable caution, and Huth shows imagination in the selection of indicators for key variables like ’military balance’ and ’bargaining behavior.’ . . . A model of clever and thorough quantitative research in international politics."—Richard W. Mansbach, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

"Huth’s methodology is a very creative and sophisticated mixture of statistics and case studies."—Scott D. Sagan, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Huth takes a different approach to historical data. His artful blending of rigorously empirical analysis with descriptive case-studies should please both humanists and social scientists. . . . His study is . . . detailed, descriptive, and well-researched."—Melvin Small, The International History


"An important and timely addition to the literature on extended deterrence. . . . Extended Deterrence is a model of clever and thorough quantitative research in international politics. It will prove especially useful in the training of graduate students and makes a significant contribution in its own right to our understanding of deterrence and crisis."—Richard Mansbach, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science



"Huth’s conclusions appear as common sense; but in the often abstract and ideologically charged debate over foreign policy, the interjection of common sense, backed by historical research, is quite welcome."—William R. Hawkins, Military Review


"A splendid job of blending a sophisticated quantitative analysis of 58 cases . . . with a detailed narrative treatment of several celebrated case studies."—Choice

"The book’s blending of case studies and quantitative analysis is shrewd, and its conclusions are commonsensically provocative for future American policy toward regional conflicts: successful deterrence has combined firm but flexible diplomacy with tit-for-tat military escalation."—Robert Treverton, Foreign Affairs

"Studying an important subject, Huth has deftly combined case studies and quantitative analysis to produce results that are intriguing and significant."—Robert Jervis, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
ISBN: 9780300050615
Publication Date: January 23, 1991
238 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4