It somehow always missed the human essence of the problem. The same is true of democratic governments. Germany attacked France without any provocation and thus committed itself to a two-front war that cost millions of lives simply because they were afraid to deviate from a train schedule!
However, by choosing case studies that span decades--especially Vietnam and the Arab--Israeli and Indo-Pakistani conflicts--he complicates his ability to isolate the variables central to his argument.
Often I was told that war was an ineradicable part of human nature… The conventional wisdom left me totally dissatisfied, both intellectually and emotionally. In the course of a single generation, five American presidents misperceived reality in Indochina and substituted their own phantoms, first called fear and later called hope.
They had no problem assassinating the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. People sometimes talk about Hitler as if he were an evil man who came out of nowhere and seduced an innocent country with new ideas.
Russia was very upset that Germany broke their trust by helping Austria. Finding a couple of unfortunate leaders in power guilty seems to be the easiest solution. The Kaiser was wrong. All of these countries had good motives for a war, therefore, it is illogical to place the blame just upon the leaders of those countries, rather than analyzing the circumstances that made the countries want to wage war.
World Politics in Our Time. Stalin had placed his trust in the wrong entity and was greatly disillusioned and was unprepared for the attack when it came.
As much as we would all like things to be simple, they are not. For what is the worth of a human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.
The same is true of democratic governments. It is built around ten case studies, culminating in the new wars that ushered in the twenty-first century: These were the beginnings that shaped Dr.
These fears and hopes obscured reality until they produced a nightmare that could not be denied: First published inits Eleventh Edition with additions came out in In the book he analyses the most important military conflicts of the 20th century: This time, more emphasis was put on the character of the aggressor and his adversary.
I think George W.John G. Stoessinger is the author of Why Nations Go to War ( avg rating, ratings, 37 reviews, published ), Crusaders and Pragmatists ( av /5(39). WHY NATIONS GO TO WAR By John G. Stoessinger BOOK REVIEW: WHY NATIONS GO TO WAR is a unique book and a product of reflection by author, Dr.
John G. Stoessinger First published inits Eleventh Edition with additions came out in In the end, and it should go without saying, we should be very careful who we elect and choose to occupy offices of government that are responsible for war-making decisions, as, according to Stoessinger, the most indicative and telling factor of war has to do with the personalities of the leaders involved.
This 11th edition of Why nations go to war analyses ten case studies covering major international wars. The particular focus of each of the case studies turns upon. This 11th edition of Why nations go to war analyses ten case studies covering major international wars.
The particular focus of each of the case studies turns upon the personalities of political. Transmitting an understanding of warfare from World War I to the present, WHY NATIONS GO TO WAR, a unique book and a product of reflection by author, John G.
Stoessinger, is built around ten case studies, culminating in the new wars that ushered in the twenty-first century: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wars between Arabs and Israelis in Gaza and in Lebanon/5.Download