Attributes of National Alliance Membership and War Participation, 1815-1965

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Article defines the attributes of national alliance membership which tend to be associated with war participation.
 
Their results show that nations will be more apt to join their allies in a war when;
 
1)      Many of their allies are in the war,
2)      The allies they join are minor powers
3)      They have relatively few alliance partners,
4)      The alliance in question is a defensive one,
5)      The alliance is relatively new,
6)      They have a large number of alliances.
 
As a nation’s distinct alliance commitment increases, the number of directions in which that nation may be pulled also increases.
 
Some alliances served to pull nations into war coalitions, a nation’s choice between entries or non-entry could well be influenced by alliance attributes themselves.