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Why and how do we study war

Still reflects the interest of the dominant powers

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Unformatted text preview: ower transition – rise of Athens scared Sparta The rising state may resort to war to achieve these changes in the status quo It is the challenger that initiates conflict As the rising state’s power grows, war becomes more attractive to it and less attractive to the declining state What drives transitions? Differential rates of growth of capabilities dries the rise and decline of great powers What causes an increase in a state’s capabilities? Economic strength Technological advances/innovation Demographic growth Conquest Political change (go both ways) What would cause decline, slows the growth? Deficit Natural disasters Foreign policy failures – need to service debts...
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