Describe the Causes of War and Conflict. Essay

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War and Conflict

P1- Describe the causes of war and conflict.

In this essay I will be giving the definition of war and conflict and I will be describing the causes of war and giving examples of wars that have happened because of the conflicts that I will be mentioning in my essay. The causes of war I will be looking at will be; Politics, Nationalism, Ideology, Land, resources, historical rivalry, ethnic conflict and religion. These are the main causes of war.

War is a conflict carried out by force of arms, between nations, states or between parties within a nation which can be on land, sea or in the air, always caused by something. It’s a clash of interests which results in violent armed struggles and can affect
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We also go to war and have conflicts between different countries because of a shortage of resources in one country and that country wanting to win over the land to win the resources with the result of winning the land and resources helping the country financially. For example in Afghanistan we are fighting for territorial purposes to protect the oil that passes near Afghanistan. This is a war that is both because of land and resources.

Politics is one of the causes of war. This is usually because governments can’t agree with each other and some political parties have very extreme views and don’t want to agree with anything that other governments say. For example Northern Ireland didn’t want to be part of the United Kingdom so they went to war with the other part of Ireland to have their own government.

Nationalism is the belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, groups of people are bound together by territory. This is because they don’t want anyone else telling them what to do and they are fine doing it themselves. Also it stops them needing to give them something back and sharing the land for example. A war that has been caused by nationalism was the Second World War; Nationalism was used by their leaders to generate public support in Germany. The cold war between Russia and American is another example of Nationalism.

Ideology is a set

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