1st Edition

Territorial Changes and International Conflict

By Paul Diehl, Gary Goertz Copyright 1992

    This book charts the incidence of territorial changes and military conflicts from 1816 to 1980. Using statistical and descriptive analysis, the authors attempt to answer three related sets of questions:

    * When does military conflict accompany the process of national independence?

    * When do states fight over territorial changes and when are such transactions completed peacefully?

    * How do territorial changes affect future military conflict between the states involved in the exchange?

    CHAPTER 1 The Significance of Territory CHAPTER 2 A Territorial History of the International System CHAPTER 3 Entering International Society: Military Conflict and State Formation CHAPTER 4 Exchanges of Homeland Territory Between States CHAPTER 5 Territorial Changes and Recurring Conflict CHAPTER 6 Territorial Changes and the Future, Appendix: Territorial Changes, 1816 to 1980


    GARY GOERTZ is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He has previously held positions as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kent and as a Research Associate in the Center for International Economic History at the University of Geneva. He is the author of over a dozen articles on international conflict that have appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. PAUL F. DIEHL is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and a faculty member in the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the editor or co-editor of Measuring the Correlates of War (1990), The Politics of International Organizations (1989), and Through the Straits of Armageddon (1987) as well as the author of over 30 articles on international conflict.

    `... this theoretical analysis of the correlation of conflict and territorial change is most timely. The authors provide a general and theoretical overview and a good deal of interesting data, - Jrnl of Strategic Studies

    `The book is well-structured and clearly written. Moreover, it is successful in bridging the broad gap between geography and politics. It is (regretfully) worth mentioning that, as far as I know, they are the first scholars in international relations who fully integrate geographical elements in their study, thus making use of works written by political geographers ... This book is a must, at least, for each political geographer with an interest in international relations.' - Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie