War and Its Causes

War and Its Causes

by Jeremy Black


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This interdisciplinary book provides an invaluable perspective on the causes of war, drawing on a thoughtful consideration of what war actually is—the key foundation for an analysis of its causes. Jeremy Black assesses the three main types of war—between cultures, within cultures, and civil—emphasizing the social and cultural factors leading to conflict. He argues that cultural factors have always been the key element, especially aggression in the shape of a willingness to kill and be killed, which alters rational assumptions of risk and overcomes deterrence. He assesses the predisposition of ideologies to think and act in terms of conflict, the functional dynamics of international relations systems, and the strengths and failures of diplomacy. Drawing on research from history, political science, and international relations, Black marshals global examples spanning the fifteenth century to the present. Contrasting wars within cultures and wars between cultures he considers the implications for ongoing and future conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538117910
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/21/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeremy Black is professor of history at Exeter University and a 2018 Templeton Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His many books on modern war include The Age of Total War, A Century of Conflict: War, 1914–2014, and War and the World, 1450–2000.

Table of Contents

1 What Is War?
2 To 1500
3 War, 1500–1650
4 Limited War? 1650–1790
5 Imperialism and Revolutions, 1790–1913
6 World War I and Its Sequel, 1914–30
7 World War II and Its Origins, 1931–45
8 The Age of the Cold War, 1946–89
9 War since the Cold War, 1990–
10 Into the Future
11 Conclusions
Selected Further Reading
About the Author

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