Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Cause vs. Motivation 3

But it is by no means certain historically that the participants in a war necessarily understand why they fight, nor that the conscious objectives of belligerents are an adequate measure of the historical meaning of a war.

David M. Potter, “The Literature on the Background of the Civil War,” in The South and the Sectional Conflict (Louisiana State University Press 1968), at 105.

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