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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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THE CAUSES OF WAR by Geoffrey Blainey | Kirkus Reviews

Blainey has, at times, been a controversial figure too. By using our website geofrey agree to our use of cookies. Jonathan Fiore rated it it was amazing Mar 05, A Calendar of War. The Mystery of Wide Wars. Looking for beautiful books? He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne inbecoming Professor of Economic History inProfessor of History inand then Dean of Melbourne’s Faculty of Arts in 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.

Ludy Jane rated it did not like it Mar 08, James Di rated it really liked it Mar 02, In particular, the traditional conception of a “balance of geofffrey is a far less stable condition between states than a clear preponderance of power.



His first major project in the s was, as an author and researcher working on the history of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, at Queenstown, Tasmania when a significant number of the older residents could remember the beginnings of the community. He observes that anything that serves to “muffle” this cajses encourages the optimism that leads to war.

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According to Blainey, things that cause war also cause peace, so if we can figure out what is causing war, we can reverse those situations in order to bring geoftrey.

An interesting book asking the questions of war and peace.

Part 2 The web of war: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Dec 20, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: But you have to admire the man for even attempting a project so ambitious and iconoclastic.

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The nugget of Blainey’s idea is very intriguing, but his structure caises confusing. He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne. Quotes from The Causes of War. The first dogma to be jettisoned is the notion that “”a balance of power”” is the best guarantee for international amity.


His works have ranged from wsr 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.

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. An excellent survey on the causes of war and peace, it is free of prejudice and very well written.

Part 3 The elusive warmongers: It’s an older book, so a lot of the theory is outdated, but the anecdotes are priceless. On the contrary, says Blainey, the empirical record shows that “”a blainej preponderance of power”” is more likely to inhibit conflagrations.

Mar 10, Scott rated it it was ok. To ask other readers questions about The Causes of Warplease sign up. Exploring periods of war and peace throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, Blainey suggests that a false but systematic optimism among elites encourages states to consistently misjudge the outcomes and durations of war p.