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Justice and the Genesis of War

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: September 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521444620

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  • Studies of the causes of wars generally presuppose a 'realist' account of motivation: when statesmen choose to wage war, they do so for purposes of self-preservation or self-aggrandizement. In this book, however, David Welch argues that humans are motivated by normative concerns, the pursuit of which may result in behaviour inconsistent with self-interest. He examines the effect of one particular type of normative motivation - the justice motive - in the outbreak of five Great Power wars: the Crimean war, the Franco-Prussian war, World War I, World War II, and the Falklands war. Realist theory would suggest that these wars would be among the least likely to be influenced by considerations other than power and interest, but the author demonstrates that the justice motive played an important role in the genesis of war, and that its neglect by theorists of international politics is a major oversight.

    • An original look at the role justice and injustice play in the behaviour of states and the causes of wars
    • Challenges the conventional wisdom that states always act according to power politics and self-interest
    • '… an important contribution to the literatures on realism, the causes of war, and international ethics. Not only are its findings impressive in their own right, but the concept of the justice motive suggests a possible synthesis of other important threads of research on the causes of collective violence.' Mershon International Studies Review
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    '… an important contribution to the literatures on realism, the causes of war, and international ethics. Not only are its findings impressive in their own right, but the concept of the justice motive suggests a possible synthesis of other important threads of research on the causes of collective violence.' Mershon International Studies Review

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    • Date Published: September 1993
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521444620
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.647kg
    • contains: 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The justice motive and war
    2. The Crimean war
    3. The Franco-Prussian war
    4. World War I
    5. World War II
    6. The Falklands/Malvinas war
    7. Justice and injustice in a global context.

  • Author

    David A. Welch, University of Toronto

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