On the Origins of War by Donald Kagan

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An eminent historian analyzes the whole of history to find out why there are wars, whether there are underlying laws that explain why one nation challenges another, and whether there are underlying laws for the preservation of peace. Tour.
 

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Donald Kagan is one of America's most eminent historians. He is the Hillhouse Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author or coauthor of many books including "The Western Heritage,"" On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace," and a four-volume history of the Peloponnesian War. Frederick W. Kagan is an assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the author of "The Military Reforms of Nicholas I,"
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Doubleday. 606 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Action & Adventure, War, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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By examining the causes of specific ancient and modern wars, Kagan tries to determine the underlying reasons for war in general.

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This book is best read as a counterpoint to Paul Kennedy's 1987 study, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Kennedy emphasized the primacy of domestic politics; Kagan, professor of history and class

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