Why Nations Go to War

ISBN-10: 0495097071
ISBN-13: 9780495097075
Edition: 10th 2008 (Revised)
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $125.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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. The distinguishing feature of the book remains the author's emphasis on the pivotal role of the personalities of leaders who take their nations, or their following, across the threshold into war.

Dr. John G. Stoessinger is an internationally recognized political analyst and a prize-winning author of ten leading books on world politics. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and has taught at Harvard, M.I.T., Columbia and Princeton. From 1967-1974, he served as acting director of the political affairs division at the United Nations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lectures extensively throughout the world. On the eve of World War II, Dr. Stoessinger fled from Nazi-occupied Austria to Czechoslovakia. Three years later, he fled again via Siberia to China, where he lived for seven years in Shanghai. He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Bancroft Prize. He presently serves as Distinguished Professor of Global Diplomacy at the University of San Diego, and has been listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD since 2002 to the present.

Preface
List of Maps
About the Author
Introduction
The Iron Dice
The Kaiser's Fateful Pledge
The Austrian Ultimatum to Serbia
The Closing Trap
The Iron Dice
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Barbarossa
Hitler and Russia
Stalin and Germany
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
The Temptations of Victory: Korea
President Truman's Decision
General MacArthur's Gamble
Conclusion
Afterthoughts: Fifty Years Later
Notes
Selected Bibliography
A Greek Tragedy in Five Acts: Vietnam
Truman-Asia was not Europe
Eisenhower-The Lesson of France Ignored
Kennedy-The Military
Johnson-The Catastrophe
Nixon-Full Circle
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
From Sarajevo to Kosovo: The War over the Remains of Yugoslavia
The Dismemberment of Yugoslavia Begins
The War in Bosnia
The Tide Turns against the Serbs
The Dayton Peace Accords
The UN War Crimes Tribunal
Kosovo: The War against Europe's Last Dictator
Conclusion: A New Dawn of Peace with Justice?
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Four Battles over God: India and Pakistan in 1947, 1965, 1971, 1998
Colonialism, Partition, and War
The Kashmir War of 1965
The Bloody Dawn of Bangladesh
Nuclear Viagra
A Natural Disaster Rekindles Hope
Fear Trumps Hope, Once Again
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
The Sixty Years' War in the Holy Land: Israel and the Arabs
The Palestine War of 1948
The Sinai Campaign and the Suez Crisis of 1956
The Six-Day War of 1967
The October War of 1973
The Lebanese Tragedy
The Palestinian Uprising
The Peace Process: Between Fear and Hope
The Second Palestinian Uprising and the Road Map
History Interrupted
"Giving War a Chance:" America, Israel and Hezbollah
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Saddam Hussein's Wars against Iran and Kuwait
The Iran-Iraq War: The Price of Martyrdom
Saddam's Aggression against Kuwait
Notes
Selected Bibliography
New Wars for a New Century: America and the World of Islam
George W. Bush: From Pragmatist to Crusader
War Drums
The "War after the War": Dilemmas of Occupation
The Capture of Saddam
Mission Accomplished?
Elections in Iraq
The Descent into Civil War
Law and Society Under Islam: Three Vignettes
Afghanistan: A Resurgent Taliban
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Holocaust as Myth and a World without Israel
A New Threat from Iran
The Trial of Saddam Hussein
Reflections on Iraq's Past and Future
What Went Wrong?
What Can Be Done to Set Things Right?
Conclusion: Perils of Empire
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Why Nations Go to War
The Determinants of War
Heart of Darkness: Rwanda and Darfur
Learning from History
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Epilogue
Index

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