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Most wars are not fought for reasons of security or material interests, but instead reflect a nation’s ‘spirit’

Lebow, Richard N. (2013) Most wars are not fought for reasons of security or material interests, but instead reflect a nation’s ‘spirit’. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Jul 2013). Website.

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Abstract

Why do nations decide to go to war? Based on the extensive study of inter-state wars since 1648, Richard Ned Lebow outlines his analysis of the motivations which underpin warfare. He finds that contrary to the expectations of most international relations theories, wars fought primarily for reasons of security, or material interests, have been relatively rare. Rather, motivations related to a nation’s ‘spirit’, such as the standing of a country or revenge, have been the principal causes of most wars.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 09:32
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2020 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72518

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