Lecture 1 Notes: Causes of War
FIRST MOVE ADVANTAGE (or "crisis instability"). "The greater the advantage that
accrues to the side mobilizing or striking first, the greater the risk of war." See Schelling,
Arms and Influence, chapter 6 (assigned).
Lecture 3 Notes: Cost and Psychology of War
Culture, Gender, Personality Disorder, Democracy, Social equality and social justice, Minority
rights and human rights, Partition, Prosperity, Economic interdependence, Revolution,
Communism, Capitalism, Imperia
Lecture 7 Notes: Cost of Mass Destruction
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION: WHAT THEY ARE
Three types of weapons are grouped together (perhaps unwisely) under the rubric of
"Weapons of Mass Destruction" (WMD). Of these, nuclear and biological weapons are
Lecture 2 Notes: Intro to Economics of War
I. HOW COMMON IS MISPERCEPTION? HOW DANGEROUS? IS IT
ALWAYS DANGEROUS WHEN IT APPEARS?
Sometimes misperceptions prevent war. For example, if states are insecure but
don't know it they may refrain from wars they m
Lecture 5 Notes: Events and Conditions in War
I. BISMARCK'S PLAN TO UNIFY GERMANY: "LET'S BAIT AUSTRIA INTO
STARTING A WAR!"
In 1866 Germany was divided into several dozen mini -states, of which Prussia was the
largest. Prussia's Chancellor Otto von Bisma
Lecture 4 Notes: Background of War
BACKGROUND TO WAR
The Seven Years' War was a worldwide Anglo-French battle for empire. Americans call it the
French and Indian War but it could be called the first world war. It saw fierce Anglo-French fighting
Lecture 10 Notes: Cost Cuts of War
- What causes war?
Including: wars of the past, present, and future.
- How can war best be prevented?
- We focus on interstate war. If there were better sources on civil war we
would cover it in more
Lecture 8 Notes: World War 2 Origins and Economics
WORLD WAR II IN CONTEXT
World War II was the greatest war in world history, killing some 35-60
million people in an enormous global conflagration.
This grisly episode closely followed the most elaborat
Lecture 6 Notes: Economics of World War 1
WORLD WAR I IN PERSPECTIVE
A. In 1890 Europe was a nice, quiet place. Things were cool. Germanywas
sated.Question: How could such a great war emerge from such an untroubled
B. World War I started on Augu
Lecture 9 Notes: The Future of War
I. TESTING THEORIES OF THE CAUSES OF WAR WITH THE CASES COVERED
IN THIS COURSE
Which theories of war perform best when tested against history? To test them,
evaluate their cross-time, cross-space, and within-case p