The Causes of Modern War|
Fall 2008 not offered
The course explores the causes of interstate war, with a focus on preventable causes. Topics to be examined include the security dilemma, diversionary war, deterrence, power transition theory, misperceptions, the role of regime type, and economic causes of war. These theories will be examined in the context of some of the major wars of the modern era, including the Crimean War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Six-Day War, and the Gulf Wars.
Ethical Reasoning, Writing
Students are expected to write multiple papers, tackling myriad subjects and a variety of approaches. We examine not only concrete causes of war, but also ethical issues associated with the initiation and conduct of conflict.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Intl.)
Significant portions of the following books will be assigned:
Robert Rotberg and Theodore Rabb, eds., THE ORIGIN AND PREVENTION OF MAJOR WARS, Cambridge University Press, 1989; (hereafter referred to as R2)
Steve Miller, Sean Lynn-Jones, and Stephen Van Evera, eds., MILITARY STRETEGY AND THE ORIGINS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR: AN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY READER, Princeton University Press, 1991
Michael Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS: A MORAL ARGUMENT WITH HISTORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS, Basic Books, 2006
Donald Kagan, ON THE ORIGINS OF WAR, Doubleday, 1996
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Three papers, one mini-paper, active participation and in-class presentation
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisite: GOVT155 or GOVT311 or GOVT388. Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor I will consider in making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
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