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Why War? Ideology, Theory, and History

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"Instead of proposing another theory of war, their goal is a more modest one of raising the theoretical consciousness of historians. Specifically, they argue that '1) ideology does influence theory, 2) historians do have ideologies as well as theories . . . about which they are not always conscious or consistent, and 3) we can better understand, compare, and evaluate what ...more
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Published August 13th 1980 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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RK-ïsme
More like 3.5 stars. An interesting read.

This book of historiography starts out with a wonderful set of definitions of 'conservative' (although they could have given more of the communal good aspect of conservative thought), 'liberal' and what they refer to as 'radical' (largely Marxist or otherwise leftist) thought. This beginning alone would make the book worth reading by students who have no idea of the concepts as they have developed. In the US in particular, the terms are thrown around wit
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Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
An exploration of how conservative, liberal, and Marxist historians differ in their interpretations of World Wars I and II. A good introduction to all the well-known historians of the period.
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This is book that I had for an IR class in college that was supplemental material and I thought I would give it a read. After having graduate level history the book makes a lot of sense.
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Professor Emeritus, History at University of California

Keith Nelson first came to Orange County in 1965 as one of the founding faculty of the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. Nelson’s teaching and research interests lie in the fields of American foreign relations, Cold War history, the socio/economic impact of war, and religious studies. He and Olin are co-authors of
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