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The Next Great War?The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict$
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Richard N. Rosecrance and Steven E. Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028998

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.001.0001

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European Militaries and the Origins of World War I

European Militaries and the Origins of World War I

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(p.149) 11 European Militaries and the Origins of World War I
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The Next Great War?
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Stephen Van Evera

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0011

In all great powers, European militaries had great influence before 1914. This was especially true in Germany, Austria and Russia, less so in Britain and France. Most believed in the “cult of the offensive” and a short war. Civilians were less convinced. For them the war was inadvertent. Today there is no similar problem in China, but there is in Pakistan.

Keywords:   Cult of the offensive, Balance of power, Timing, Short war

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