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IntRelNotesB - Why start by looking at war 1 Major policy...

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2/4/2008 Why start by looking at war? 1. Major policy problems of International politics Realist: natural state of international politics Liberal: worst threat to cooperation 2. Introduce & apply theories of international politics 3. Acquire descriptive knowledge needed to test or illustrate theories Explaining War 1. How important are material incentives? 2. Levels of analysis -At what level of generality should we construct theories to explain international politics? -System 3 major international powers vs 5 major international powers etc. -Domestic Democracies behave differently? -Individual Decision makers 3. Peloponnesian War Why War? Differences of Interest Taking money/territory by force -eg. Edward III war=business Roman Empire boundaries adjusted by economic benefits Moral & Ideological rationalization -eg. Alexander Material incentives < 19 th century -Trade major source of wealth -War over control of trade -eg. England vs. Netherlands 20 th century -no military wars over trade but -trade wars (non escalating) eg. US vs. EU
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