17.42 Causes and Prevention of War


Class Info

Examines the causes of war, with a focus on practical measures to prevent and control war. Topics include causes and consequences of misperception by nations; military strategy and policy as cause of war; religion and war; US foreign policy as a cause of war and peace; and the likelihood and possible nature of great wars in the future. Historical cases include World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Seven Years' War, the Arab-Israel conflict, other recent Mideast wars, and the Peloponnesian War.

This class has no prerequisites.

17.42 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by S. Van Evera.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-370.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S. This class counts as a CI-H.

In the Spring 2016 Subject Evaluations, 17.42 was rated 5.8 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Causes and Prevention of War site or on the 17.42 Stellar site.

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