Escalation (20TH CENTURY)

A theory of war which asserts that in military encounters there is a tendency (which can be checked or avoided) for each action by one side to be met by a more violent response by the other. Hence a conventional war can escalate into a nuclear one.

Source:
David Robertson, The Penguin Dictionary of Politics (London, 1986)

Escalation is the process of increasing or rising, derived from the concept of an escalator. Specific uses of the term include:

  • Cost escalation, an increase in the price of goods
  • Conflict escalation, an increase in the intensity of a conflict
  • Escalation of commitment, an aspect of game theory
  • Privilege escalation, a computer security process
  • Technological escalation, a technological version of an arms race

Entertainment

  • Escalation (1968 Italian film), a 1968 Italian film
  • Escalation (1968 animated film), a 1968 anti-Vietnam War animated cartoon, directed by Ward Kimball
  • Escalation Studios, an American video game developer

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