Military deterrence in history: a pilot cross-historical survey

State University of New York Press Albany Published In Pages: ??
By Naroll, Raoul, Bullough, Vern L. , Naroll, Frada


"Our findings suggest that centralized states or those led by experienced rulers tend to do well in the game of power politics [i.e., gain territory], while hereditary monarchies tend to do less well, as do states divided by civil war" (340)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Point-biserial correlationNot Supportedp<.10supportedOne-tailed

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Paine, JackStateless groups of pre-colonial state countries (SLPCS) will have more occurrences of civil war than stateless groups (SL).
Leavitt, Gregory C.The development of technology will be positively associatedwith increasing frequencies of external war, civil war, and riots (but feuding war will decrease as technology develops in society) (53)
Leavitt, Gregory C.The increasing frequency of differentiation in societies will be positively associated with an increase in external war, civil war, and riots (feuding will decrease in frequency as societies become increasingly differentiated) (54)
Aberle, David F."Stratification shows a significant, strong over-all association with size of political unit, with a strong tendency for complex stratification to be associated with 'states' and hereditary aristocracy with 'little states'" (694)
Naroll, RaoulAn intercorrelation of the independent variables revealed the following "communication cluster". Civil war was correlated significantly with intense diplomacy; and capital city located near the frontier was correlated significantly with the following variables: absence of natural barriers, trade, and cultural exchange (341, 342)