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Illustrating the General theory of War and the WWI
After several world conflicts, scholars took to the study of wars, to try understand the
common phenomena in war. They came up with theories. The general theory of war is one of the
theories that try to explain wars. The international arena has its politics, and there are also
personal feelings in powerful individuals, there are incitements and use of power in triggering
conflicts. These are some of the causes of war. The theory has its perspective in describing the
purpose of war, as well as the outcome (Fromkin, 13-23). The WWI is a perfect example of a
war that the general theory of war can describe.
The general theory places political divisions and power hunger as some of the leading
causes of war. Politics is characterized by influence which is the ability to change behavior by
means of sensory suggestion. According to this theory, war is the result of politics with violence.
They don’t just occur by coincidence. Wilkins (pp: 17) explains that they are carefully planned
and propagated by people who have different intentions, many of which are malicious and
selfish. They result from choices that people agree to make with or without a clear understanding
of the magnitude of implications. The theory also explains that many of the interests of war are
personal where individuals either want to preserve their current personal power or accumulate
even more. The tribes in the war are motivated by the desire to retain their position of honor and
dominion over their subjects. There is also a planned network that is used to shift ideas from one
group to another. When the groups fail to agree on the above logics, they often result into a
conflict. The theory also explains that there is no war without the possibility of massive death. It
also states that war does not have a permanent end. There is also incitement and mobilization of
other groups to join in the warfare as well the use of arms (Wilkins, 39).
The World War I was an internationally triggered conflict that took place between 1914
and 1918. There were international divisions before the war, and governments in Europe were
working to increase the...
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