The Causes of Modern War|
Spring 2010 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
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.
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.)
Kenneth Waltz, THEORY OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Robert Jervis, "Cooperation under the Security Dilemma"
Paul Kennedy, RISE AND FALL OF THE GREAT POWERS
James Fearon, "Rationalist Explanations for War"
Jack Levy, "The Diversionary Theory of War"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One 5-7 page paper critically examining a an assigned article or book, and a 20 page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Gov 155 is a prerequisite for this course.
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