After disposing, somewhat too neatly, of most of the historically popular “” explanations”” of what makes war break out, Blainey (Univ. of. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Geoffrey Blainey has long been one of Australia’s most prominent, and at times has been his book ‘The Causes of War’, making him one of the more notable.
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Causes of War, 3rd Ed.
Analyzing all international wars sincethis widely quoted work solves the riddle of why some wars are long and some are short, and demonstrates how the outbreak of peace offers insight int This new edition of the highly acclaimed study on the causes of war has been expanded and updated to include a complete discussion of World War II and the road towards nuclear war. Analyzing all international wars sincethis widely quoted work solves the riddle of why some wars are long and some are short, and demonstrates how the outbreak of peace offers insight into the outbreak of war.
Proving that war and peace are alternating phases of a relationship between rival nations, it caused a crucial, new understanding of international armed conflict. PaperbackThird Editionpages.
Published September 7th by Free Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Causes of Warplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In this book, Geoffrey Blainey conducts a remarkably thorough investigation into the specific causes of war and offers several interesting conclusions. Blainey complains that different schools of academia often investigate the causes of war with a specific angle teoffrey hypothesis in mind and that due to this subjective viewpoint, frequently find conclusions that agree exactly with their predictions.
In order to fully comprehend the causes of war, Blainey states, one must also examine the causes of p In this book, Geoffrey Blainey conducts a remarkably thorough investigation into the specific causes of war and offers several interesting conclusions.
In order to fully comprehend the causes of gsoffrey, Blainey states, one must also examine the causes of peace. War and peace are not two separate phenomenon, but rather two parts of an ongoing cycle. While one says, “A war broke out,” one blwiney say, “peace broke out,” yet the reasons behind war ceasing and peace breaking out appear to be a reversal of the reasons that peace ceases and war breaks out.
Blainey calls up the work of many previous military analysts including Clausewitz, Macfie, cauees Henry Thomas Buckle. He puts their findings and theories to the test by analyzing all major international wars sincepicking out historical examples, and searching for trends and patterns. Each chapter examines a specific theory, such as the idea that capitalism and economic ties between countries decrease the likelihood of war. He also looks at the theory of scapegoat wars, war as an accident, “surprise” attacks that allegedly begin wars, and more.
However, I found his most insightful finding to be that war commences when nations have ‘contradictory optimism’ about the probable outcome of the war.
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In other words, a decision to go to war only occurs when the decision makers believe that there is more to be gained from war than from peace. As Blainey says “War itself then provides the stinging ice of reality. At the end of a war those rival expectations, initially so far apart, are so close to one another that terms of peace can be agreed upon.
At goffrey end of the book, Blainey offers a list of conclusions, which nicely summarize his findings. Some of the more interesting among these are: Most current explanations of war, however, rest on these errors.
Until the function of warfare is appreciated, the search for a more humane and more efficient way of measuring power is likely to be haphazard. What is often unintended is the length and bloodiness of the war. Defeat too is unintended.
bliney Feb 20, Eleanore rated it liked it. It is a real pleasure to pick up an author who enjoys the art wxr writing as much as the necessary discipline of analysis. Beginning with a chapter entitled “The Peace which Passeth Understanding,” Geoffrey Blainey demonstrates his wit and his flair for historical nuance, both of which serve to illuminate and extend his simple yet controversial theory.
Building upon a diverse body of historical investigation, Blainey focuses upon the insight that leaders always demonstrate optimism in making gsoffrey It is a real pleasure to pick up an author who enjoys the art of writing as much as the necessary discipline of analysis.
Building upon a diverse body of historical investigation, Blainey focuses upon the insight that leaders always demonstrate optimism in making the decision for war the subsequent conflicts always prove longer, costlier, and riskier than anticipatedBlainey makes the argument that such optimism reflects a distortion of the basic measurement of power between two nations.
He observes that anything that serves to “muffle” this appreciation encourages the optimism that leads to war. Consequently, many popular beliefs and theories could, in fact, be seen as dangerously destabilizing. In particular, the traditional conception of a “balance of power” is a far less geoffrwy condition between states than a clear preponderance of power. He also argues that decisive victories produce longer and more stable periods of peace than more “moderate” victories.
Nunca antes li algo neste formato e gostei muito. Aug 06, Daniel Goff rated it it was amazing.
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An excellent survey on the causes of war and peace, it is free of prejudice and very well written. Jan 30, Chris rated it liked yhe. Interesting topic well explored, but it would have been better as a TED talk. Jan 22, Meredith rated it liked it Shelves: Exploring periods of war and peace throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, Blainey suggests that a false but systematic optimism among elites encourages states to consistently misjudge the outcomes and durations of war p.
Blainey also refutes common theories of peace and war that emphasize war weariness, economic interdependence, moderate peace terms and liberalism p. Last, Blainey offers two factors for the outbreak of war traditionally framed as safeguarding peace: Both factors likely cause blaineyy state to overestimates its strength relative to a rival. Jun 12, Nate Huston rated it liked it. According to Blainey, things that cause war also cause peace, so if we waar figure out what is causing war, we can reverse those situations in order to bring peace.
Optimism is a significant cause of war, he says, because if you don’t believe you can win, you won’t fight. Geocfrey of war include economic conditions, seasons! The nugget of Blainey’s idea is very intriguing, but his structure is confusing.
Among the important takeaways are that an imbalance of power will lead to peace the “ladder” of power is clearthat war is a dispute about the measurement of power he contends it’s the best way to directly measure itand that it takes b,ainey to tango – interests in conflict and dispute over measurement of power lead to a situation geoffey there is more to gain by fighting than by negotiation.
The most interesting point is that there is often a predisposition to “blame” those who fight to change the status quo who “started” the war? Aug 30, Chuck rated it liked it.
The author attempts to come to grips with the question of what causes diplomatic disputes to break out into war. His conclusion, as put forth in the following sentence, seems somewhat obvious to me.
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Apr 25, Marcus rated it it was amazing. Very nice historical view of war from onwards. It’s an older book, so a lot of the theory is outdated, but blaijey anecdotes are priceless.
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He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne. He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne inbecoming Professor of Economic History inProfessor of History inand then Dean of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts in From to Blainey was foundation Chancellor at the University of Geofgrey. His first major project in the s was, as an author and researcher working on the history of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, at Queenstown, Tasmania when a significant number of the older residents could remember the beginnings of the community.
The resultant book is one of the few company and local histories in Australia to achieve six editions. Oof works have ranged from sports and local histories to interpreting the motives behind British settlement of Australia in Caused Tyranny of Distance, covering over two centuries of human conflict in The Causes of War, and examining the optimism and pessimism in Western society since in The Great See-Saw.