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. After disposing, somewhat too neatly, of most of the historically popular “” explanations”” of what makes war break out, Blainey (Univ. of.

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Blainey complains that different schools of academia often investigate the causes of war with a specific angle or hypothesis in mind and that due to this subjective viewpoint, frequently find conclusions geoffrry agree exactly with their predictions. To ask other readers questions about The Causes of Warplease sign up.

In the s, he criticised the level of Asian immigration geoffrrey Australia and the policy of multiculturalism in speeches, articles and a book All for Australia. No trivia or quizzes yet. Interesting topic well explored, but it would have been better as a TED talk. The first dogma to be jettisoned is the notion that “”a balance of power”” is the best guarantee for international amity.

While one says, “A war broke out,” one doesn’t say, “peace broke out,” yet the reasons behind war ceasing and peace breaking out appear to be a reversal of the reasons that peace ceases and war breaks out. Blainey has, at times, been a controversial figure too.

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Amanda rated it really liked it Jul 03, Eduardo Henrique rated it liked it Dec 24, Similarly, the theory that a “”harsh”” peace treaty sows the seeds for future wars doesn’t hold water. Geoffery do wars start and what causes wars. Part 2 The web of war: James Di rated it really liked it Mar 02, In this book, Geoffrey Blainey conducts a remarkably thorough investigation into the specific causes of war and qar several interesting conclusions.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Versailles notwithstanding, decisive wars and tough postbellum settlements hold up longer — though probably no caises than one generation. This recurring optimism is a vital prelude to war. At the end of the book, Blainey offers a list of conclusions, which nicely summarize his findings.

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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. Defeat too is unintended. Each chapter examines a specific egoffrey, such as the idea that capitalism and economic ties between countries decrease the likelihood of war. Building upon a diverse body of historical investigation, Blainey focuses upon the insight that leaders always demonstrate optimism in making the decision for war the subsequent conflicts always prove longer, costlier, and riskier than anticipatedBlainey makes caused argument that vlainey optimism reflects a distortion of the basic measurement of power between two nations.

His conclusion, as put forth in the following sentence, seems somewhat obvious to me. Blainey has been an important but low-key contributor to the debate over Australian history since British settlement, often referred to as the History Wars.


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The Causes of War

No eBook available SimonandSchuster. I found some chapters very informative and others I found hard to read. Anything which increases the optimism is a cause of war.

Beginning with a chapter entitled “The Peace which Passeth Understanding,” Geoffrey Blainey demonstrates his wit and his flair for historical nuance, both of which serve to illuminate and extend his simple yet controversial theory. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Timothy Mosher rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Feb 20, Eleanore rated it liked it. Contents The Peace that Passeth Understanding. The nugget of Blainey’s idea is very intriguing, but his structure is confusing. After disposing, somewhat too neatly, of most blaniey the historically popular “”explanations”” of what makes war break out, Blainey Univ.

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.

War and peace are not two separate phenomenon, but rather two parts of an ongoing cycle.