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Dziubinski, M., Goyal, S. and Minarsch, D. E. N.

The Strategy of Conquest


Abstract: In the study of war, a recurring observation is that con ict between two opponents is shaped by third parties. The actions of these parties are in turn in uenced by other This paper develops a theoretical framework for the study of war and conquest. The analysis highlights the role of three factors - the technology of war, resources, and contiguity network - in shaping the dynamics of appropriation and the formation of empires. The theory illuminates important patterns in imperial history.

Keywords: Balance of power, buffer state, empire, contest success functions, contiguity network, preemptive war, resources

Author links: Sanjeev Goyal  


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