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World War I I. Introduction Rough balance of power, none strong enough to control the other. Five states ended up developing rules and norms about their conduct. Norms evolved out of interaction between one another. Four key norms – 1. There emerged limits on the means by which states would conduct war. Beginning of laws of war – distinguish between civilians and militants- war would happen but not complete free for all 2. General acceptance that the five state balance of power was good. 3. five powers were pretty vigilant in protecting the balance of power – if one state seemed to threaten balance, other states would act to balance – not bandwagon with aggressor and did not buck 4. War is ok. The balance of power is about stability, not the
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Unformatted text preview: absence of war. About stability for the big powers. 1793 France sent troops to block the rhine. Austria Prussia di great powers practiced self restrain in a collect way, above and beyond – the restrained imposed on them by the IR System I. The July Crisis-Proximate cause II. Key Misperceptions A.Cult of the Offensive B. Belief in hostility of other states C. Empires are essential D.War is a good thing III. Power as the underlying cause A.Multipolarity B. Distribution of power within multipolarity 1. Germany 2. Russia 3. Other great powers IV. Conclusion July 28 th 1914 – member of the black hand (Serbian sep group) assinate austrian prince...
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