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On the Causes of War

Hidemi Suganami


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 i ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198273387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hidemi Suganami, author
University of Keele

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