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The Causes of Wars

The Causes of Wars

And Other Essays, Second Edition, Enlarged

Michael Howard

ISBN 9780674104174

Publication date: 01/01/1984

Public consciousness of the threat of nuclear war is rising steadily. Responses to the nuclear dilemma are conflicting and often confusing. Never have we been more in need of information and perspective, for if we wish to avoid war we must understand it.

Michael Howard offers an analysis of our present predicament by discussing those issues that cause war and make peace. His book includes an examination of nuclear strategy today, views of the past about the conduct of international relations, ethics, modes of defense, and studies of military thinkers and leaders. The Causes of Wars illuminates the interrelationship between men and ideas, between war and other social forces, and between our present situation and its roots in the past.


  • Michael Howard is a fine historian who also knows a great deal about international polltics and modern war—including the technical aspects of nuclear war… He brings historical insights to bear on some of the most serious problems facing us today, and he does it intelligently and objectively… Howard’s is a voice that deserves hearing.

    —Peter Paret, Stanford University


  • Michael Howard is Regius Professor of History, University of Oxford, and the author of Studies in War and Peace.

Book Details

  • 526 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press