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I. Introduction
1The causes of war in perspective. Does international politics follow regular laws of motion? If so, how can we discover them? Can we use methods like those of the physical sciences?
II. 33 Hypotheses on the Causes of War
2-38 Hypotheses on Military Factors as Causes of War
4-7Misperception and War; Religion and War

10 Hypotheses on Misperception and the Causes of War

Hypotheses from Psychology; Militarism; Nationalism; Spirals and Deterrence; Religion and War; Defects in Academe and the Press
8-914 More Causes of War and Peace: Culture, Gender, Language, Democracy, Social Equality and Social Justice, Minority Rights and Human Rights, Prosperity, Economic Interdependence, Revolution, Capitalism, Imperial Decline and Collapse, Cultural Learning, Emotional Factors (Revenge, Contempt, Honor), Polarity of the International System

Causes of Civil War
III. Cases: Wars and Crises
10The Seven Years WarQuiz 1
11The Wars of German Unification: 1864, 1866, and 1870; and Segue to World War I
12-14World War IWorld War I debate

Paper one due one day after lecture 14
15Interlude: Hypotheses on Escalation and Limitation of War; and Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Strategy, other Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Causes of War
16-19World War IIWorld War II/Europe debate

World War II/Pacific debate
20-21The Cold War, Korea and IndochinaQuiz 2 during lecture 20
22The Peloponnesian War
23-24The Israel-Arab Conflict; the 2003 U.S.-Iraq WarPaper two due one day before lecture 25
IV. The Future of War
25-26Testing and Applying Theories of War Causation; the Future of War, Solutions to War
Final Exam


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