Why Nations Go To War

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  • Edition: 11th
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  • Copyright: 2/18/2010
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing

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WHY NATIONS GO TO WAR is unique. The reflections of author John G. Stoessinger are built around ten case studies and provide a deep analysis of the root causes of modern war, from from World War I to the modern day. The author's main emphasis is on the pivotal role of the personalities of leaders who take their nations, or their following, across the threshold into war. Students are sure to remember Stoessinger's thoughts on war long after their completion of his book. The new 11th edition is completely updated, including references to the recent elections in Afghanistan.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
List of Mapsp. xi
About the Authorp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
“Rendezvous”p. xvii
The Iron Dice: World War Ip. 3
The Kaiser's Fateful Pledgep. 5
The Austrian Ultimatum to Serbiap. 7
The Closing Trapp. 11
The Iron Dicep. 16
Conclusionp. 23
Notesp. 26
Selected Bibliographyp. 28
Barbarossa: Hitler's Attack on Russiap. 31
Hitler and Russiap. 32
Stalin and Germanyp. 43
Conclusionp. 54
Afterword: Seventy Years Laterp. 58
Notesp. 58
Selected Bibliographyp. 60
The Temptations of Victory: Koreap. 63
President Truman's Decisionp. 65
General Macarthur's Gamblep. 76
North Korea's Brinksmanshipp. 87
Notesp. 98
Selected Bibliographyp. 101
A Greek Tragedy in Five Acts: Vietnamp. 103
Truman—Asia was not Europep. 104
Eisenhower—The Lesson of France Ignoredp. 108
Kennedy—The Militaryp. 112
Johnson—The Catastrophep. 118
Nixon—Full Circlep. 126
Conclusionp. 130
Notesp. 133
Selected Bibliographyp. 135
From Sarajevo to Kosovo: The Wars of Europe's Last Dictatorp. 137
The Dismemberment of Yugoslavia Beginsp. 140
The War in Bosniap. 143
The Tide Turns Against the Serbsp. 149
The Dayton Peace Accordsp. 151
The UN War Crimes Tribunalp. 153
Kosovo and Milosevic's Downfallp. 157
Conclusion: A New Dawn of Peace with Justice?p. 168
Notesp. 172
Selected Bibliographyp. 174
In the Name of God: Hindus and Moslems in India and Pakistanp. 177
Colonialism, Partition, and Warp. 178
The Kashmir War of 1965p. 186
The Bloody Dawn of Bangladeshp. 190
Nuclear Viagrap. 200
India's 9/11: Mumbai, November 2008p. 207
Conclusionp. 209
Notesp. 210
Selected Bibliographyp. 212
The Sixty YearsÆ War in the Holy Land: Israel and the Arabsp. 215
The Palestine War of 1948p. 216
The Sinai Campaign and the Suez Crisis of 1956p. 226
The Six-Day War of 1967p. 233
The October War of 1973p. 241
The Lebanese Tragedyp. 251
The Palestinian Uprisingp. 254
The Peace Process: Between Fear and Hopep. 257
The Second Palestinian Uprising and the Road Mapp. 260
History Interruptedp. 266
“Giving War a Chance”: America, Israel, and Hezbollahp. 270
War Over Gazap. 283
Conclusionp. 284
Notesp. 287
Selected Bibliographyp. 289
The War Lover: Saddam Hussein's Wars against Iran and Kuwaitp. 293
The Iran-Iraq War: The Price of Martyrdomp. 294
Saddam's Aggression Against Kuwaitp. 299
Notesp. 318
Selected Bibliographyp. 319
New Wars for a New Century: America and the World of Islamp. 323
From Pragmatist to Crusaderp. 326
War Drumsp. 332
The “War After the War”: Dilemmas of Occupationp. 337
The Capture of Saddamp. 344
Mission Accomplished?p. 348
Elections in Iraqp. 349
The Descent Into Civil Warp. 351
Law and Society Under Islam: Three Vignettesp. 358
Nato's War in Afghanistanp. 358
The Iranian People's Uprising of 2009 and the Nuclear Crisisp. 365
The Trial of Saddam Husseinp. 376
Reflections on Iraq's Past and Futurep. 380
What Went Wrong?p. 381
What Can be Done to Set Things Right?p. 383
Conclusion: Perils of Empirep. 390
Notesp. 391
Selected Bibliographyp. 393
Why Nations Go to Warp. 396
The Determinants of Warp. 398
Heart of Darkness: Rwanda and Darfurp. 411
Learning from Historyp. 417
Notesp. 422
Selected Bibliographyp. 423
Epiloguep. 426
Indexp. 433
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