Causes of War
A 5 page research paper that discusses the true causation for war. Some theorists emphasize the material causes for war, that is, the desire for territory, economic factors, etc., while others focus on the ideological causes for war, that is, nationalism, religion, etc. There is seldom one specific cause that brings two or more nations into bloody, massive conflict. Material causes are frequently intertwined with ideological in a Gordian knot that defies unraveling. However, it can be argued that behind the material causes, it is war’s ideological causes that provide the principal motivation for a society to consciously choose to undergo the insanity and loss of war. Examination of World War I, Vietnam and the current US war in Iraq illustrates this point. Bibliography lists 4 sources.