International Relations Notes 3 - ProfessorKirshner Govt1817

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Professor Kirshner Govt 1817 Office Hours: 10-11 White 323 10:30-11:30 Uris 130 A "The Cause of WWI" Notes: September 11, 2008 I. Offense, Defense, Jervis A. Offense is easy 1. Advantages to moving first 2. Intense security dilemma -Difficult to determine those who want to use military force to change the status quo 3. War is more likely -States who don't want to start wars more likely to start aggressive doctrines 4. Scarier B. Defense is easy 1. "Nice guys" can settle into a comfortable, defensive doctrine -Easy to determine those who want to use military force to change the status quo -Ability to differentiate offensive and defensive postures can be easier 2. Security dilemma less intense between states (because of the above reason) C. Balance of Offense/Defense 1. Affects how easily states determine adversary intentions in an anarchic world D. Geography/Technology 1. Seeking out higher ground, cutting him off at the pass (changes doctrine) 2. Cold War -In general, very good geography -Greater chance the Cold War would have broken into a shooting war had this not been the case 3. WWI -Bad geography -British/German waters and the naval question II. The July Crisis *sequences and themes, not details III. Levels of Analysis (Why WWI Broke Out) A. Level 1 1. Selection Bias and Misconception -England will not remain neutral (ignored report) -Sassinov warns against German action 2. Ideology
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2008 for the course GOVT 1817 taught by Professor Katzenstein, p during the Fall '05 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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International Relations Notes 3 - ProfessorKirshner Govt1817

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