Inadvertent Warfare Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the historical issues and concerns associated with inadvertent warfare.
# 150841 | 1,175 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper provides the historical background of inadvertent war and the escalation of warfare and looks at the inadvertent escalation of bombing during World War II. The paper discusses what could have been an inadvertent nuclear attack on the U.S. by Russia in 1995 and describes the circumstances surrounding the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 that led to a near calamitous inadvertent escalation to all-out war.

Historical Background of Inadvertent War and Escalation of Warfare
Inadvertent Bombing Escalation During World War II
The Prospect of Inadvertent Nuclear War
The Cuban Missile Crisis

From the Paper:

"To some degree, the manner in which World War I broke out in 1914 could be considered the result of mistaken assumptions and characteristics of armed conflict at the time that greatly increased the momentum toward war even where the leaders of respective nations had not decided that war was necessary or inevitable. Specifically, armies of the day required much longer to mobilize than in the modern technological era, measured in weeks instead of days or hours. In fact, the speed with which European nations could mobilize large forces had become one of the most important factors in evaluating the strength of 19th century armies. Generally, warfare was preceded by weeks of partial mobilizations and counter-mobilizations in response as nations postured and prepared for war. The process of mobilization for war became such an important aspect of national power and signal of imminent geopolitical intention that mobilization sometimes actually precipitated the outbreak of war prematurely or even in circumstances were war could possibly have still been averted through political negotiations. That is precisely what happened in Europe on the eve of World War I."

Sample of Sources Used:

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