Essay on Why Nations Go to War

1850 Words Dec 8th, 2009 8 Pages
Davis Farris
Civ 202
November 30, 2009

Why Nations go to War Review Why do notions go to war? What is the reasoning behind their actions? John G. Stoessinger analyzes these questions in his book, Why Nations go to War. Stoessinger believes that to understand the war, you must understand the leaders of the war. When you understand the leaders you understand their actions and when you understand their actions, you have the answer to the question, "Why do nations go to war?" In this review paper I am going to review each chapter individually, 1-10. I will then give a brief summary of the book and what I think as a whole based on my reading.

Chapter 1 This chapter is an analyzation of the beginning of WWI and how Austria's
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Never mind whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked, later on, whether we told the truth or not. In starting and waging war, it is not Right that matters but Victory. Have no pity. Adopt a brutal attitude....Complete destruction of Poland is the military aim. To be fast is the main thing. Pursue until complete annihilation. The start will be probably ordered Saturday morning. (cited in Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, p. 361)
Hitler was not to hold back. He wanted to eliminate the gap between Germany and Russia. With the annihilation of Poland the German and Russian borders met. Hitler killed two birds with one stone with this action. He destroyed another slavic nation and brought Russia's and Germany's borders together. Hitler could easily attack Russia now without having to move through Poland. Hitler didn’t want to take over Russia. He wanted to ravage their cities and towns making it impossible to govern. Hitler wanted no interference with his construction of the Third Reich. Now that I have an understanding of why Hitler was in such a rush to annihilate Russia, I can understand why he wanted the USA to enter the war. If we were hurting financially as well as militarily we could not interfere with Hitler’s attempt to conquer the entire

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