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International Relations 101: The Cult of the Offensive and the Origins of World War I (2.3)

https://twitter.com/gametheory101What caused World War I? One trivial explanation is that the assassination of Franz Ferdinand caused Austria-Hungary to make demands unacceptable to Serbia, which led to many countries in Europe mobilizing each other.However, states curiously mobilized against each other preemptively, shunning the possibility of a diplomatic solution. Why would states prefer a costly war to peace? The so-called "Cult of the Offensive"--the belief among leaders that offensive technology dominated the defense at the time--provides an explanation.
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