Political Science 426 Notes

Political Science - Political Science 426 June 5 2007 Clausewitz-His definition of war is to impose your will upon an enemy through

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Political Science 426 June 5, 2007 Clausewitz -His definition of war is to impose your will upon an enemy through conflict. -Trinity of war: People, Military, and Leaders -Therefore can the civil war fall into that category -In order for it to be a war (there must be two different sides) 1. Two opposing equals -In the 1700s you had the rise of the professional military -The state took over the right to use conflict -Negotiations is the norm in international politics -War is the tendency of the extremes -How do we get the three levels to the extremes? -Individual- make them hate the enemy -Military- war is a game of chance, probabilistic gambling -The means need to be proportional to the ends The various ways to distinguish between competition -Distinguish between the means (arms, espionage, alliances) -Purposes of alliances- “If I am attacked you will be at my side” -In this case the means are still arms because alliances are based upon if conflict happens -Economic and the political War according to Blaney: War can be avoided by figuring out who is more powerful, and act accordingly. War is a way of showing that you are stronger. -Its not so much the process but the outcome itself. The distribution of power is known after conflict, and then that can be used to solve problems. -It is an informational game of who is going to win. June 6, 2007 Machiavelli, Hobbes, Thucydides Thucydides (Malian Dialogue) -Background- Second Peloponnesian war -Dialogue main point- Athenians tell the Malians to submit -Reference to the Gods meant morality
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course POL 462 taught by Professor Grant during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Political Science - Political Science 426 June 5 2007 Clausewitz-His definition of war is to impose your will upon an enemy through

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