On the Causes of War by Hidemi Suganami

On the Causes of War

byHidemi Suganami

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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In this highly original and important book, Hidemi Suganami analyses one of the fundamental questions of international relations: what causes war? Drawing on historical, statistical, and philosophical perspectives to produce an innovative theory, he rejects the simplistic notion that war canbe explained by some straightforward formula, yet demonstrates that there are basic similarities among the diverse origins of wars. Such similarities, he argues, are rooted in the way the origins of wars, conventionally, are narrated. Comparing various narrative accounts of the origins of wars,Suganami shows that enquiry into the causes of war is inseparable from the question of responsibility.

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Hidemi Suganami is a Professor, Department of International Relations at University of Keele.

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Title:On the Causes of WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019827338X

ISBN - 13:9780198273387

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In this highly original and important book, Hidemi Suganami analyses one of the fundamental questions of international relations: what causes war? Drawing on historical, statistical, and philosophical perspectives to produce an innovative theory, he rejects the simplistic notion that war can be explained by some straightforward formula, yet demonstrates that there are basic similarities among the diverse origins of wars. Such similarities, he argues, are rooted in the way the origins of wars, conventionally, are narrated. Comparing various narrative accounts of the origins of wars, Suganami shows that enquiry into the causes of war is inseparable from the question of responsibility.

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`Students of war are well-advised to pay heed to Suganami's critique, but this compact essay would make worthwhile reading for all social scientists and historians. It is a fundamental inquiry into the nature of explanation and causation, problems that far too often are taken for grantedrather than articulated explicitly ... Suganami shows us how we can better link the scientific and ethical domains.'International Affairs