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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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Blainey has been an important but low-key contributor to the debate geovfrey Australian history since British settlement, often referred to as the History Wars. Part 4 The varieties of war: A Day that Lives in Infamy. He also looks at the theory of scapegoat wars, war as an accident, “surprise” attacks that allegedly begin wars, and more.

He has written over 36 and is the author of The Story of Australia’s People: His first major project in the s was, as an author bpainey 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 attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne. The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey. Published September 7th by Free Press first published Jan 22, Meredith rated it liked it Shelves: Simon and SchusterSep 7, – History – pages.


In particular, the traditional conception of a “balance of power” is a far less stable condition teh states than a clear preponderance of power.

This recurring optimism is a vital prelude to war. Jun 06, Roger rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Building upon a diverse body of historical investigation, Thd 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 geodfrey argument that such optimism reflects a distortion of the basic measurement of power between two nations.

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The Causes of War by Geoffrey Blainey

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Vendetta of the Black Sea. Blainey has, at times, been a controversial figure too.

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He taught at the University of Melbourne and held chairs in economic history and history. Watson rated it really liked it Jun 16, Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Blainey also refutes common theories of peace and war that emphasize war weariness, economic interdependence, moderate peace terms and liberalism p. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He has been closely aligned with the former Liberal-National coalition government of John Howard in Australia, with Howard shadowing Blainey’s conservative views on some issues, especially the view that Australian history has been hijacked by social liberals.

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Hlainey calls up the work of many previous military analysts including Clausewitz, Macfie, and Henry Thomas Buckle. He taught at Harvard University as a visiting professor of Australian Studies. The Best Books of It’s an older book, so a lot of the theory is outdated, but the anecdotes are priceless.