The Roles of WWI and WWII in International Politics

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Throughout the field of international politics, many things forward the change of thinking and many cause futile argument and heated debate amongst international relations theorists and politicians alike, but none do this more than the subject of war. War has long been on the minds of the greatest thinkers the world has known, from Aristotle’s “A Treatise on Government” (322BC) through, Machiavelli, Da Vinci to more recent thinkers and philosophers of our time. Theories have clashed violently over the subject and no other wars have had such a significant impact as World War I or World War II. They have become staple points for debate, and the basis’ of theories themselves, not just for war, but for the eventualities of other world-changing factors. The question of which war has had more impact on thinking about International Politics has puzzled intellectuals since the Second World War commenced. Not like many would think, at the end of World War II, simply the advent and prospect of another ‘Great War’’ immediately changed opinion. Realists sat smugly back as Liberal Internationalists ideals were thrown out. The questions began. How has the start of this war altered our previous ideals? How will it change world opinion? How on earth are we going to win another war? And the questions never stop, to this day, we evidently are still discussing the outcomes and impact of each World War, and of their collective impact. Unlike many of the great debates throughout International Politics, there is no ‘general consensus’ to subscribe to on this subject of thought. You may still freely choose World War II or shown here, World War I, and find plentiful evidence to shape and back up your theory, that “The Great War” had a greater impac... ... middle of paper ... ...ations Theory. Routledge Goldmann K., 1994 Logic Of Internationalism - Coercion and accommodation. Routledge Gray C. S., 2007. WAR, PEACE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. An Introduction to Strategic History. Routledge Griffiths M. 1992. Realism, Idealism and International Politics - A reinterpretation. Routledge Morgenthau H., 1948. Politics Among Nations. New York, Knopf Nye S. J. Jr. and Keohane O. R., 1971. Transnational Relations and World Politics. Harvard University Press Rengger N. J., 2000. International Relations, Political Theory and the Problem of Order. Routledge Sheffield, G., 2001. Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities. Headline Review Wendt A., 1999. Social Theory of International Politics. Camebridge University Press Waltz K., 198.1 The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: More May Better. Adelphi Papers, Number 171

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