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Since the development of the modern state system in Europe four centuries ago, there have been ten general wars involving a majority of the major powers and a high level of casualties. Another major war is difficult to conceive of, since it would presumably be the last such conflict, and yet it is not an impossibility. In this volume a distinguished group of political scientists and historians examine the origins of major wars and discuss the problems in preventing a nuclear war.
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Old wars and future wars: causation and prevention Joseph S. Nye, Jr
The Origins of War: Structural Theories
The theory of hegemonic war
The origins of war in neorealist theory
The contribution of expected utility theory to the study of international conflict Bruce
The Origins of War: Explanation of Non-rational Causality
Domestic politics and war
War and misperception
Crises and the unexpected
Lessons and Analogies from Early Major Wars
Ideology and conflict: the wars of the Ottoman Empire 1453-1606
The origins of the thirty years' war
The origins, causes and extension of the wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon
Lessons and Analogies from the World Wars
The origins of World War I
The Origins of World War II in Europe: British deterrence failure and German expansionism
The origins of the Pacific War
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