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On the Causes of War

Hidemi Suganami

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198273387
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684043 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273387.001.0001
On the Causes of War

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This book analyses one of the fundamental questions of international relations: what causes war? Drawing on historical, statistical, and philosophical perspectives to produce an innovative theory, the book rejects the simplistic notion that war can be explained by some straightforward formula, yet demonstrates that there are basic similarities among the diverse origins of wars. Such similarities, it argues, are rooted in the way the origins of wars, conventionally, are narrated. Comparing various narrative accounts of the origins of wars, the book shows that enquiry into the causes of war is inseparable from the question of responsibility.

Keywords: international relations; war; origins of war; narrative accounts; causes of war; responsibility

Book.  244 pages. 

Subjects: International Relations

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Introduction in On the Causes of War

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Correlates in On the Causes of War

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Causation in On the Causes of War

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Origins in On the Causes of War

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