Military Strategy and the Origins of the First World War by Steven E. Miller, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Stephen Van Evera

By Steven E. Miller, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, Stephen Van Evera

These 5 essays from the celebrated magazine International Security research the outbreak of the 1st global battle from the point of view of energy politics and army technique. "The catastrophe of 1914 keeps to hang-out the modern protection debate," writes Steven E. Miller in his creation. "In the nuclear age, the pictures that stay from the summer season of 1914--the escalation from an remoted occasion in a miles nook of Europe to an international struggle, the plain lack of keep watch over of the location by way of key decision-makers, the crowding out of international relations by way of army exigencies, the grim, protracted, usually mindless slaughter at the battlefield--raise troubling doubts approximately our skill to ceaselessly behavior political opinions properly in a global setting tormented by the ubiquitous hazard of thermonuclear war."

The ebook comprises Paul Kennedy's "The First global conflict and the overseas strength System," Michael Howard's "Men opposed to fireplace: expectancies of battle in 1914," Stephen Van Evera's "The Cult of the Offensive and the Origins of the 1st global War," Jack Snyder's "Civil-Military family and the Cult of the Offensive, 1914 and 1984," and Richard Ned Lebow's "Windows of chance: Do States leap via Them?"

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Contingency matters. What appeared to be the work of a madman or a terrorist assassination really came out of the blue. Things going wrong. And as we try to convey today and as you learn much more about in the next four sessions, there are all sorts of examples of things 38 Niall Ferguson and Paul Kennedy going wrong—plans which go awry, claims that things will be fixed in a very short time, that you will be able to get in and get out, that violence can be controlled. What I’m going to do, ladies and gentlemen, for just a few minutes, is to tell you about a number of historical approaches and historical interpretations which go in the other direction.

The First World War has perhaps arrived, in no small part thanks to the efforts of professional historians, particularly those like Jay Winter who dedicated the large part, if not the entirety of their careers, to the study of the war. I sense a change, and let me illustrate what I mean by this. The last place you would expect to hear the First World War mentioned would be in a casino in Las Vegas. I was in a casino in Las Vegas yesterday, not, I hasten to add, to gamble—I’m too much of a Scottish Calvinist to do that.

Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum. 27 German prisoners, November 1918. Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum. 28 British gun with crew in Flanders. Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum. 5 cm gun with dead crewman. Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum. 30 German prisoners of the French. Photo courtesy of the National World War I Museum. 31 one War Origins Niall Ferguson, Harvard University Paul Kennedy, Yale University Jay Wint er : This conversation is the beginning of a unique event.

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