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In one of the pacific islands colonized by the Germans, one tribesmen accidentally killed a member of another tribe at a wedding with guests from all the appox 12 tribes on the island. The result was an every tribe v. Every other tribe in a 10 year civil war until the Germans kidnapped all the chiefs and threatened to kill them until there was peace. The ...


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Treaties sometimes obligate nations to go to war. One example is the Theater War between Denmark-Norway and Sweden in 1788. Sweden made an unprovoked attack on Russia. Russia began to demand that Denmark-Norway to invade Sweden, as was stipulated in a 1773 treaty. By the time a statement of neutrality had been issued, several thousand soldiers had died. ...


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When I was in college during the last millennium, there was a standard text on this. I believe it was "Why Nations Go to War" by Stoessinger; things may have changed in the new millennium. IO9 provides a traditional top 10 list, which is worth what you pay for it. As the comments have pointed out "power" is a weasely word that can be construed to mean ...



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