Why Nations Go to War
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 distinguishin...more
Stoessinger takes most of the major conflicts of the 20th centur ...more
This latest edition does have quite an "author's slant". Stoessinger must be getting impatient with what he sees as mistakes by statesmen and despots. He comes right out with judgment calls on the Iraq war. He is blunt in his opinions.
This book goes over alternative theories of war, perhaps humanity's greatest failing. Dr. Stoessinger proposes that "History does not make history. Men and women make foreign policy decisions." So while people who are very anti-great man history will look down upon this narrative and Dr. Stoessinger's theory(ies), it certainly deserves consideration especia ...more
This book was very enlightening, and I am glad to have read it. Some parts were very difficult, as in they were heart breaking. I never like being reminded of the horrors of war, and I was especially saddened to learn of the atrocities committed to the Iraqi people by the Iraqi people. I had never realized before how ...more
Usually they are guised under causes such as fundamentalism, or such -isms.
Wars are wretched excuse for exercising power and greed.
Wars are based on themes of inevitability and pervasiveness.
A fatalistic attitude is portrayed.
By shifting responsibility to impersonal ideologies or God, the leaders are able to transfer the guilt or obligations of the action of war.
They are veiled and disguised even romanticized by leaders who possess charis ...more
By reading this book,i got a sense of how casually how nonchalantly statesmen and dictators bargain away the lives of millions over what they perceive to be in the b ...more