After disposing, somewhat too neatly, of most of the historically popular “” explanations”” of what makes war break out, Blainey (Univ. of. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Geoffrey Blainey has long been one of Australia’s most prominent, and at times has been his book ‘The Causes of War’, making him one of the more notable.

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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Until the function of warfare is appreciated, the search for a more humane and more efficient way of measuring power is likely to be haphazard.


Very nice historical view of war from onwards. He also argues that decisive victories produce longer and more stable periods of peace than more “moderate” victories. The nugget of Blainey’s idea blianey very intriguing, but his structure is confusing. In the “Washington Post”, J.

THE CAUSES OF WAR by Geoffrey Blainey | Kirkus Reviews

Both factors likely cause a state to overestimates its strength relative to a rival. His works have ranged from sports and local histories to interpreting the motives behind British settlement of Australia in The Tyranny of Distance, covering over two centuries of human conflict in The Causes of War, and examining the optimism and pessimism in Western society since in The Great See-Saw. Causes of War, 3rd Ed. Dec 20, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first dogma to be jettisoned is the notion that “”a balance of power”” is the best guarantee for international amity.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a great base to see where much of the rat. War Peace and Neutrality. He puts their findings and theories to the test by analyzing all major international wars sincepicking out historical examples, and searching for trends and patterns. It is a real pleasure to pick up an author who enjoys the art of writing as much as the necessary discipline of analysis. Eduardo Henrique rated it liked it Dec 24, In particular, the traditional conception of a “balance of power” is a far less stable condition between states than a clear preponderance of power.


His thesis rests on the premise that “”war itself is a dispute about measurements”” of international power; fighting erupts when a nation’s “”diplomatic currency is overvalued””; peace on the other hand “”breaks out”” when the combatants have reached rough agreement about their relative strength. An excellent survey on the causes of war and peace, it is free of prejudice and very well written.

This may not sound very startling, but Blainey presses onward for more “”clues”” and comes up with some disconcerting evidence. Although Blainey’s book Triumph of the Nomads was considered to be a scholarly study into the history of Australia’s original inhabitants, his opinions opposing High Court decisions in favour of Aboriginal land rights put him in the line of fire and led to accusations of racism.

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Proving that war and peace are alternating phases of a relationship between rival nations, it offers a crucial, new understanding of international armed conflict.

At the end of the book, Blainey offers a list of conclusions, which nicely summarize his findings. Blainey has been an important but low-key contributor to the debate over Australian history since British settlement, often referred to as the History Geofrfey. Jonathan Fiore rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Account Options Sign in.


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Kevin Modlin rated it really liked it Mar 19, He taught at the University of Melbourne and held chairs in economic history and history. Analyzing all international wars sincethis widely quoted work solves the riddle of why some wars are long and some are short, and demonstrates how the outbreak of peace offers insight int This new edition of the highly acclaimed study on the causes of war has been expanded and updated to include a complete discussion of World War II and the road towards nuclear war.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The most interesting point is that there is often a predisposition to “blame” those who fight to change the status quo who “started” the war?

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