In each case he examines the nature of the rivalry between the great powers in question.
The sections of this book explaining the origins of the First World War, the Second World War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis are especially good.
You can definitely draw conclusions from it, I just wish the author discussed his philosophical views and reasons for them a little bit more.
I thought this book was excellent. There are four wars covered in the book, and each is used to support the book's premise, which is basically an idea Thucydides ([... Read morePublished 5 months ago by TheSciFiCritic-dot-com
"On the Origins of War" is not a historical book. It discusses four great wars and a near miss but these examples, bolstered as always by Kagan excellence as a historian,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Fouch
I once heard a historian famous for his biographies and histories of modern warfare complain that all Donald Kagan does or did was publish books based on his various university... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phred
After reading the story of Prof. Kagan's last lecture in the media, I rushed to purchase a copy of "On the Origins of War". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gottfried Brieger
I learned quite a bit from this book and do not criticize its content. (Other reviewers have covered that. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John
Summary: Historians should use as many tricks as possible to explain events and generalizations, Donald Kagan writes. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by Eric Gartman
I really respect the author Prof. Kagan and feel he is one of the best modern historians in regards to the ancient classical world. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by ZaneOriginal
There are a lot of books that focus on battles in virtually all of the wars, but very few that actually focus on how wars came about. Read morePublished on August 24, 2006 by T. Green
This book was written before Bush and anyone of his cronies came to power. This book is not an excuse for going to war in Iraq either the first or second time. Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by Informed in Miami