Jonathan Kolkey, creator of the World Wide War Project, discusses his research project that anthologizes over 300 wars, the common link all wars have in common, the correlation of election cycles and war making decisions and how the Soviet empire differed from its contemporaries.
MP3 here. (25:26)
Dr. Jonathan M. Kolkey, UCLA History Ph.D. (1979), has long been involved in the most ambitious research project ever undertaken to identify the single, root cause of war by examining exactly how and why at pivotal moments political leaders throughout the ages made the decision to involve their own nations in war. As far back as 1973 while still a UCLA graduate student — and studying under world-class scholars Robert Dallek, Bernard Brodie, Robert Jervis, and John S. Galbraith — he decided to devote his academic life to finding as many “case histories” as possible in order to verify his hunch that at bottom the decision for war was invariably based on cynical, calculated domestic political considerations.