Settling it on the field: Battlefield events and war termination

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Using a sample of battlefield data from twentieth-century wars, the author of this article tests a number of previously untested hypotheses linking battle events and the decision to end violent conflict. The author explores how factors like the distribution of power, battlefield casualties, and information that flows from the battlefield influence war termination. The analysis speaks to the validity of competing rational choice theories of war termination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)850-879
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


  • Battles
  • Learning
  • War termination


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