Global Politics

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PL SC 014 Monday, April 5th, 1999 Announcements: All Dan's sections have a quiz on Friday on North and South America Lecture notes: I. Definitions of War A. Standard - a realitively severe violent confrontation between military forces representing two or more states 1. Must have state status 2. Civil War is treated differently B. Karl von Clausewitz 1. 19th century Prussian strategist 2. Widow published his incomplete notes after his death 3. He had three defintions of war a. War is a continuation of politics by other means -war is politics because their goals are the same b. War is nothing but a duel on a larger scale c. In the whole range of human activities war is best represented by a game of cards 4. He did not focus well on how states act during war 5. He was the best at looking at war analytically 6. All his definitions are good, but are not coherent II. Theories of War A. Systemic 1. Power based 2. War is about power 3. Theories for causes of war focused until recently 4. The first three are based on the balance of pwer
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