War and Happiness, 1st ed. 2019
The Role of Temperament in the Assessment of Resolve


Language: Anglais

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This groundbreaking book explains how the happiness levels of leaders, politicians and diplomats affect their assessments of the resolve of their state?s adversaries and allies. Its innovative methodology includes case studies of the origins of twelve wars with Anglo-American involvement from 1853 to 2003 and the psycholinguistic text mining of the British Hansard and the U.S. Congressional Record.

1. Introduction

2. Explanatory Style Explained

3. Theories of Reputation for Resolve - from Thucydides to Prospect Theory

4. Text Mining the British Hansard 

5. Text Mining the U.S. Congressional Record  

6. The Four Crises Leading to the First World War

7. The Appeasement of Nazi Germany 

8. The Crimean War versus the Suez Crisis

9. The Falkland Islands War versus the Spanish-American War

10. Pearl Harbor

11. The Korean War versus the Gulf War

12. The Vietnam War versus the Iraq War

13. The Yom Kippur War and the Soviet-Afghan War

14. Donald Trump and the Future of American Foreign Policy: Syria, Iran and North Korea

15. The Leader and the Emotional Climate 

16. Conclusion

Peter S. Jenkins is Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada, and recently taught in the Faculty of Law of Monash University in Prato, Italy. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Proposes that leaders, politicians and diplomats who have depressive temperaments will tend to underestimate the resolve of their state’s adversaries and overestimate the resolve of its allies, while the converse will occur when those individuals have non-depressive temperaments

Argues that the emotional climate of a state’s national legislature changes significantly over the long term in response to exogenous factors, creating a greater risk of the outbreak of war being caused by the overestimation or underestimation of its adversary’s resolve

Presents a groundbreaking analysis of empirical data, from psycholinguistic text mining and semantic analysis of debates, speeches, statements and memos to detailed case studies of the origins of ten wars with Anglo-American involvement from 1853 to 2003