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Gambling on war : confidence, fear, and the tragedy of the First World War

Author: Roger L Ransom
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The First World War left a legacy of chaos that is still with us a century later. Why did European leaders resort to war and why did they not end it sooner? Roger Ransom sheds new light on this enduring puzzle by employing insights from prospect theory and notions of risk and uncertainty. He reveals how the interplay of confidence, fear, and a propensity to gamble encouraged aggressive behavior by leaders who  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger L Ransom
ISBN: 9781108485029 1108485022 9781108454353 1108454356
OCLC Number: 1023052640
Description: 338 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Confidence, fear, and a propensity to gamble --
Otto von Bismarck and the changing paradigm of war --
Schlieffen's gamble --
A war of attrition --
Economies at war --
War and revolution --
The last gamble --
The chaos of victory --
Epilogue: the tragedy of a world war --
Appendix 1: The composite index of national capability score --
Appendix 2: Woodrow Wilson's fourteen points.
Other Titles: Confidence, fear, and the tragedy of the First World War
Responsibility: Roger L. Ransom, University of California, Riverside.

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The First World War left a legacy of chaos that is still with us a century later. Why did European leaders resort to war and why did they not end it sooner? Roger L. Ransom sheds new light on this  Read more...

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'World War I became a tragedy when victory became an end in itself rather than a means of achieving some prewar objective. In his lucid and insightful Gambling on War, Roger L. Ransom draws on Read more...

 
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