"War and Punishmentis a refreshing combination of rigorous reasoning and elegant historical analysis on one of the most important, and least understood, aspects of war: what causes wars to end. Anyone interested in the interplay between leadership, domestic politics, and international conflict must read this book. It is a superb and enlightening analysis."--Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University "A fresh and thought-provoking analysis of why the First World War lasted so long and of what caused it to end. Goemans bridges the gap between international history and security studies, offering challenging conclusions for experts in both disciplines. His book deserves a wide readership."--David Stevenson, Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science "This may very well be the best book written in the last twenty years by a political scientist on war termination, war aims, and World War I. Goemans presents a formidable challenge to the way that we think about the prosecution of war, war duration, and the links between these and regime type. Not only does the book contain tremendously valuable theoretical insights, but it also provides compelling empirical evidence."--Allan C. Stam, Yale UniversityGoemans, Hein is the author of 'War and Punishment The Causes of War Termination and the First World War', published 2000 under ISBN 9780691049441 and ISBN 0691049440.