Day4_CausesofWar

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Today’s Agenda Paper assignments Last week’s PD activity Causes of WWI and WWII The theories applied How do they perceive the causes of these wars differently? Good examples for your papers 2
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Lead Up to WWI Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria assassinated by Serbian (Yugoslav nationalist) Germany and Austria allies Leaders of Germany and Russia cousins Russia tries to get Germany to keep Austria from attacking Serbia Whether intentional or not, this doesn’t happen Austria attacks Serbia Germany, Russia, France, Britain dragged in (Triple Entente vs Triple Alliance) 3
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Causes of WWI Realism German reunification Balance of power politics, security dilemma Liberalism Secrecy and manipulation Lack of institutions and, thus, information Identity Theory Nationalism Social Darwinism 4
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Realist Stance German unification in 1871 huge power shift Other European states balanced against Germany Germany can’t assume purely for defense Stage set for classic security dilemma 5
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Balancing Germany grows greatly in power – high power conversion Entente Cordiale (Britain & France) Triple Entente (Britain, France & Russia) Triple Alliance: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy Differing arguments about how this situation led to war… 6
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Preemptive War Rigid alliances – tense, unstable bipolarity Germany encircled Had to fight a war on two fronts Germany launches preemptive war to head off attack Schlieffen Plan – attack France first 7
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Germany afraid of future imbalances (growing Russian power) Launches preventive war to ensure superiority Based on misperceptions? Russia never really rivaled Germany
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course POL POL 003 taught by Professor Randolphsiverson during the Summer '09 term at UC Davis.

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