Why Wars Happen
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Black examines several major modern wars in their historical contexts, taking into account cultural differences and various conflict theories. He analyzes the three main types of war—between cultures, within cultures, and civil—and explores the problems of defining war. Black's investigation inspires fascinating questions such as: Do wars reflect the bellicosity in societies and states, or do they largely arise as a result of a diplomatic breakdown? How closely is war linked to changes in the nature of warfare, the international system, or the internal character of states? Black also considers contemporary situations and evaluates the possible course of future wars. Offering a valuable and thought-provoking analysis on the causes of war and conflicts, Why Wars Happen will interest historians and readers of military history alike.
1. 1450-1650: An Age of Expansion
2. 1650-1775: An Age of Limited War?
3. 1775-1914: Wars of Revolution and Nationalism
4. 1783-1914: Wars of Imperialism
5. 1914-45: Total War
6. 1945-90: Cold War and the Wars of Decolonization
7. 1990-: War Today
Selected Further Reading