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This course examines the causes of war, with a focus on practical measures to prevent and control war.

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This course examines the causes of war, with a focus on practical measures to prevent and control war.

Topics include causes and consequences of misperception by nations; military strategy and policy as cause of war; religion and war; U.S. foreign policy as a cause of war and peace; and the likelihood and possible nature of great wars in the future.

The historical cases covered include World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Seven Years’ War, the Arab-Israel conflict, other recent Mideast wars, and the Peloponnesian War.

Course Curriculum

    • Course Overview Unlimited
    • Military Power and the Causes of War: 8 Hypotheses Unlimited
    • “What Were They Thinking?” National Misperceptions as Causes of War Unlimited
    • The “Spiral Model” vs. the “Deterrence Model” Unlimited
    • Three Types of Spirals Unlimited
    • More Causes of War and Peace Unlimited
    • The Anglo-French Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763: An Inadvertant War? An Avoidable War? Unlimited
    • Great Wars of European History, 1740– Unlimited
    • The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 / The Franco-Prussian War of 1870 Unlimited
    • The Origins of the First World War, Part I Unlimited
    • The Origins of the First World War, Part II: Who Caused the War? Theories of Responsibility (The Fischer Controversy) Unlimited
    • The Origins of the Second World War Unlimited
    • Causes of the Holocaust Unlimited
    • The Causes of Intense War Unlimited
    • Weapons of Mass Destruction and World Politics Unlimited
    • The Cold War (1947–1989) and Korea (1950–1953) Unlimited
    • Causes of / Solutions to the Israel-Arab Conflict Unlimited
    • The Peloponnesian War, 460–404 BCE Unlimited
    • The Future of War and Solutions to War Unlimited

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