A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

By Philip Caputo

In March 1965, Marine Lieutnant Philip J. Caputo landed in Danang with the 1st floor wrestle unit devoted to struggle in Vietnam. 16 months later, having served at the line in a single of contemporary history's ugliest wars, he lower back domestic - bodily entire, emotionally wasted, his younger idealism shattered. A decade later, Caputo may write in A Rumor of battle, 'This is just a narrative approximately conflict, concerning the issues males do in warfare and the issues conflict does to them'.

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Sagan 1986: 165–6) In short, Russian mobilization led directly and almost inevitably to war. Others in their analysis of World War I will stress the importance of the Schlieffen Plan and downplay the Russian decision: “But there was only one decision which turned the little Balkan conflict between Austria–Hungary and Serbia into a European war. 17 Levy (1986) makes a similar argument regarding the common hypothesis that rigid organizational routines in the form of military mobilization and war plans were an important cause of World War I (Tuchman 1962; A.

Bush. One needs to change virtually nothing to imagine Gore rather than Bush becoming president in 2000. , the president’s advisors and his political constituency), and we would have to consider their independent causal impact. Structural explanations almost by definition downplay the importance of individuals. In the most extreme position the international or structural constraints are so strong that the leadership has no choice: We would be prepared to sustain the counterfactual claim that given the material distribution of power of the 1980s, a rapidly declining Soviet Union would have most likely sued for peace in the Cold War even if led by old thinkers.

Take, for example, the following explanation for World War I by Maier: The irreversible momentum toward general war in 1914 is usually seen as a result of three factors: the hopeless, long-term instability of the Habsburg empire, the rigid structure of opposing alliances, and the ineluctable pull of military preparations. (Maier 1988: 822) As we have seen in the section on the concept of cause, a complete causal explanation can be taken to be all those conditions which are individually necessary and jointly sufficient for the outcome.

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