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The 8 Main Reasons for War

U.K.-born Paul has worked as a librarian and bookseller since graduating from university. He now works as a freelance writer in Florida.

US troops on the move. Up until the late 19th century, wars were usually fought as a series of set piece battles. Modern technology and other trends, such as asymmetric warfare have changed how wars are fought. Read on for my 8 common causes for war.

US troops on the move. Up until the late 19th century, wars were usually fought as a series of set piece battles. Modern technology and other trends, such as asymmetric warfare have changed how wars are fought. Read on for my 8 common causes for war.

What Is a War?

A war is typically fought by a country or group of countries against an opposing country or group with the aim of achieving an objective through the use of force. Wars can also be fought within a country in the form of a civil or revolutionary war.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "war" is defined as

  1. A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country.
  2. A state of competition or hostility between different people or groups.
  3. A sustained campaign against an undesirable situation or activity.

Wars have been a part of human history for thousands of years, and have become increasingly destructive as industrialization and technology have advanced.

What Is the Cause of Conflict?

There is rarely one single, clear cause of conflict and, ultimately, war. The causes of a war are usually numerous, and several reasons for a conflict can be intertwined in a complicated way.

Many theories have been put forth over the years as to why wars happen, and some of the greatest minds have offered their take on the subject.

In the article below, I'll provide a general overview of the eight main reasons for war. Given the many potential causes for conflict, the list does not attempt to be exhaustive, but does intend to give the most common reasons.

Eight Main Causes of War

  1. Economic Gain
  2. Territorial Gain
  3. Religion
  4. Nationalism
  5. Revenge
  6. Civil War
  7. Revolutionary War
  8. Defensive War

Continue reading for more information on each of these reasons for war.

1. Economic Gain

Often wars are caused by one country's wish to take control of another country's wealth. Whatever the other reasons for a war may be, there is almost always an economic motive underlying most conflicts, even if the stated aim of the war is presented to the public as something more noble.

In pre-industrial times, the gains desired by a warring country might be precious materials such as gold and silver, or livestock such as cattle and horses.

In modern times, the resources that are hoped to be gained from war take the form of things like oil, minerals, or materials used in manufacturing.

Some scientists believe that as the world’s population increases and basic resources become scarce, wars will be fought more often over fundamental essentials, such as water and food.

Historical Examples of Wars Fought for Economic Gain

  • Anglo-Indian Wars (1766-1849) – The Anglo-Indian wars were a series of wars fought between the British East India Company and different Indian states. These wars led to the establishment of British colonial rule in India, which gave Britain unrestricted access to exotic and valuable resources native to the Indian continent.
  • Finnish-Soviet War or "The Winter War" (1939-1940) – Stalin and his Soviet Army wanted to mine Nickel and Finland, but when the Finnish refused, the Soviet Union waged war on the country.
A strategic map of central Europe from 1917.

A strategic map of central Europe from 1917.

2. Territorial Gain

A country might decide that it needs more land, either for living space, agricultural use, or other purposes. Territory can also be used as “buffer zones” between two hostile enemies.

Related to buffer zones are proxy wars. These are conflicts that are fought indirectly between opposing powers in a third country. Each power supports the side which best suits their logistical, military, and economic interests.

Proxy wars were particularly common during the Cold War.

Historical Examples of Wars Fought for Territorial Gain

  • Mexican-American War (1846-1848) – This war was fought following the annexation of Texas, with Mexico still claiming the land as their own. The U.S. outfought the Mexicans, retaining Texas and incorporating it as a state.
  • Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885-1886) – Bulgaria and Serbia fought over a small border town after the river creating the border between the countries moved.
  • Arab-Israeli War or "Six Day War" (1967-1988) – Israeli forces took the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan.

3. Religion

Religious conflicts often have very deep roots. They can lie dormant for decades, only to re-emerge in a flash at a later date.

Religious wars can often be tied to other reasons for conflict, such as nationalism or revenge for a perceived historical slight in the past.

While different religions fighting against each other can be a cause of war, different sects within a religion (for example, Protestant and Catholic, or Sunni and Shiite) battling against one another can also instigate war.

Historical Examples of Wars Fought for Religion

  • The Crusades (1095-1291) – The Crusades were a series wars sanctioned by the Latin Church during the medieval age. The aim of crusaders was to expel Islam and spread Christianity.
  • Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) – When Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II tried to impose Roman Catholicism on the people of his domains, a faction of Protestants from the north banded together, sparking war.
  • Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) – The Lebanese Civil War was primarily sparked from conflicts between the Sunni Muslim, Shiite Muslim and Christian Lebanese populations.
  • Yugoslav Wars (1991-1995) – The Yugoslav wars consisted of the Croatian War and the Bosnian War. The wars were fought between the orthodox Catholic and Muslim populations of former Yugoslavia.
  • Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005) – This ethnoreligious war was caused by the Muslim central government's choice to impose sharia law on non-muslim southerners.
Russian soldiers in ceremonial uniforms.  Most military groups have traditions, customs, special dress and awards that provide soldiers with recognition within a wider cultural framework.

Russian soldiers in ceremonial uniforms. Most military groups have traditions, customs, special dress and awards that provide soldiers with recognition within a wider cultural framework.

4. Nationalism

Nationalism in this context essentially means attempting to prove that your country is superior to another by violent subjugation. This often takes the form of an invasion.

Dr. Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, contends that while other causes of war may be present, nationalism, or spirit, is nearly always a factor. In his essay "Most wars are not fought for reasons of security or material interests, but instead reflect a nation's spirit," he writes:

"[Literature on war and its causes] assumes security is the principal motive of states and insecurity the major cause of war. Following Plato and Aristotle, I posit spirit, appetite and reason as fundamental drives with distinct goals. There can be little doubt that the spirit is the principal cause of war across the centuries."

Related to nationalism is imperialism, which is built on the idea that conquering other countries is glorious and brings honor and esteem to the conqueror.

Racism can also be linked to nationalism, as can be seen in Hitler’s Germany. Adolf Hitler went to war with Russia partly because the Russians (and eastern Europeans in general) were seen as Slavs, or a group of people who the Nazis believed to be an inferior race.

Historical Examples of Wars Fought for Nationalism

  • Chichimeca War (1550-1590) – The Chichimeca war was one of many wars fought during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec civilization in modern day Mexico.
  • World War I (1914-1918) – Extreme loyalty and patriotism caused many countries to become involved in the first world war. Many pre-war Europeans believed in the cultural, economic and military supremacy of their nation.

5. Revenge

Seeking to punish, redress a grievance, or simply strike back for a perceived slight can often be a factor in the waging of war. Revenge also relates to nationalism, as the people of a country which has been wronged are motivated to fight back by pride and spirit.

Unfortunately, this can lead to an endless chain of retaliatory wars being set in motion which is very difficult to stop.

Historically, revenge has been a factor in many European wars,

Historical Examples of Wars Fought for Revenge

  • World War II (1939-1945) – The rise of the Nazi Socialist Party and Germany's eventual domination of the European continent were direct results of the Treaty of Versailles, which imposed strict punishments on Germany.
  • War on Terror – The September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001 prompted President George W. Bush to initiate a war on terror. This global war began with an invasion of Iraq and is ongoing.
African American soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.  The American Civil War saw the first signs of mechanized warfare, which would become more apparent with the onset of World War I later in Europe.

African American soldiers fighting in the American Civil War. The American Civil War saw the first signs of mechanized warfare, which would become more apparent with the onset of World War I later in Europe.

6. Civil War

These generally take place when there is sharp internal disagreement within a country. The disagreement can be about who rules, how the country should be run or the people's rights. These internal rifts often turn into chasms that result in violent conflict between two or more opposing groups.

Civil wars can also be sparked by separatist groups who want to form their own, independent country, or, as in the case of the American Civil War, states wanting to secede from a larger union.

Historical Examples of Civil Wars

  • American Civil War (1861-1865) - The American Civil War was fought by the Union army and the Confederate army as a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery.
  • Russian Civil War (1917-1923) – The Russian Civil War followed immediately after the Russian Revolution, with the Red Army and the White Army vying to determine Russia's political future.
  • Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) – The Spanish Civil War was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the left-leaning Second Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a largely aristocratic conservative group led by General Francisco Franco.
  • Korean War (1950-1953) – The Korean War was a war fought between North Korea, which was supported by China, and South Korea, which was supported primarily by the United States.

7. Revolutionary War

These occur when a large section of the population of a country revolts against the individual or group that rules the country because they are dissatisfied with their leadership.

Revolutions can begin for a variety of reasons, including economic hardship amongst certain sections of the population or perceived injustices committed by the ruling group. Other factors can contribute too, such as unpopular wars with other countries.

Revolutionary wars can easily descend into civil wars.

Historical Examples of Revolutionary Wars

  • Portuguese Restoration War (1640-1668) – The Portuguese revolution ended the 60-year rule of Portugal by Spain.
  • American Revolution (1775-1783) – The American Revolution gave the 13 North American colonies independence from British rule and established the United States of America.
  • French Revolution (1789-1799) – The French Revolution was a battle that represented the rise of the bourgeoisie and the downfall of the aristocracy in France.
  • Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) – The Haitian Revolution was a successful slave rebellion that established Haiti as the first free black republic.

8. Defensive War

In the modern world, where military aggression is more widely questioned, countries will often argue that they are fighting in a purely defensive capacity against an aggressor, or potential aggressor, and that their war is therefore a “just” war.

These defensive wars can be especially controversial when they are launched preemptively, the argument essentially being that: “We are attacking them before they inevitably attack us.”

Historical Examples of Defensive Wars

  • Iraqi Conflict (2003-Present) – An international coalition, led by the US, invaded Iraq on the grounds that the country's leader, Saddam Hussein, was developing weapons of mass destruction, and therefore presented a threat to surrounding countries and rest of the world. The war was controversial as the allegations made about the weapons of mass destruction made by the US and UK were shown to lack substance.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: What causes war?

Answer: There is a multitude of causes of war, and they can only be learned through an extensive study of human history. Usually, but not always, it starts with a dispute between countries, or groups within a country, which subsequently becomes violent.

Question: Why do some people believe that war is a good thing?

Answer: In the modern age, people rarely think that war is good, but often they can see it as necessary. Examples of a necessary war might be defending your country against foreign invasion, or fighting a revolution against an unjust government.

Question: Who started war?

Answer: Nobody knows for sure. What we do know is that the first recorded war was between Sumer and Elam in Mesopotamia in 2700 BCE. The Sumerians won, it is recorded, and they: “carried away as spoils the weapons of Elam.” However, archaeology suggests that warfare was taking place much earlier in the Mesopotania/Egypt area, quite possibly as early as 10,000 BCE.

Question: Can violence ever solve conflicts?

Answer: It really depends what you mean by "solve". What is true is that periods of violent conflict can be followed by extended periods of peace. If the source of a conflict doesn't go away, however, there is every possibility that the conflict will erupt again, violently or otherwise. As human technology has advanced and warfare has become increasingly destructive, there has been an increased urgency to resolve conflicts non-violently.

Question: What were the causes of the Napoleonic wars?

Answer: The roots of the Napoleonic wars lie in the French Revolution. Napoleon seized power from the revolutionary government and attempted to stabilize a country that had suffered from years of chaos and excess. There were also numerous conflicts associated with the revolution and in an attempt to resolve these, Napoleon ended up fighting the other major European powers, especially the United Kingdom. It's difficult to know exactly what Napoleon's original intentions were, but eventually, the wars became a struggle to be the dominant power in Europe.

Question: What are the different types of war?

Answer: The different types of war include civil wars, revolutionary wars, wars to achieve economic gain or capture territory, wars of revenge, religious wars, nationalistic wars, defensive or preemptive wars.

Question: What is a "buffer zone" in a war?

Answer: A "buffer zone" in this context is a neutral area, the purpose of which is to keep apart hostile forces or nations.

Question: What is war?

Answer: War is a state of armed conflict between two or more countries or groups within a country.

Question: Is the purpose of all wars peace?

Answer: Wars have numerous different purposes. Certain types of war, for example, a "defensive" war, might be fought with the desired outcome being peace. However, most wars are fought with the intention of beating the enemy and effectively imposing peace on the victor's terms.

Question: Why do wars need armies?

Answer: Although wars are typically fought between two or more armies, that is not always the case. There are many historical examples of irregular fighters engaging in combat. In a revolutionary war, for instance, many combatants might not be part of an army, especially in the early stages. Partisan and guerrilla forces can engage in warfare too, without necessarily belonging to a regular army. As technologies advance, wars can be fought increasingly with automated weaponry, such as drones and missiles, with less and less need for a traditional army. Cyber warfare is also on the rise.

Question: Can a leader just declare war?

Answer: It depends on the political system that the leader operates in, but in most cases, the answer is yes.

Question: Why do countries fight against each other?

Answer: There are many potential reasons, including: competition over territory and resources, historical rivalries and grievances, and in self defense against an aggressor or a perceived potential aggressor.

Question: Why is war considered a controversial issue?

Answer: Wars are usually destructive, causing loss of life and damage in many other ways. Many people consider wars to be ethically wrong and most people consider them to be deeply undesirable. However, wars can also sometimes be considered necessary as a last resort, where no other option seems realistic. Controversy often revolves around those that think a particular conflict to be justified and those that don't.

Question: What leads to war?

Answer: Wars don't usually come out of nowhere. They typically (though not always) begin with some sort of dispute which then turns violent. The mechanisms and developments that lead to war vary considerably, however, and are often complex, only understandable through the study and interpretation of human history.

© 2014 Paul Goodman

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Ken on August 07, 2020:

The Crusades actually fall under defensive wars. The primary goal was to curb Islamic raids on villages in eastern European towns.

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MichaelGentile on June 22, 2020:

I believe that almost all initiation of force in war has one objective in mind: Theft.

Economic Gain = Theft

Territorial Gain = Theft

Religion War = Theft

Nationalism War = Theft

The list goes on, but the objective is always the same... theft. As for the Iraqi Conflict being a "defensive" war, it was just the theft of oil.

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While Buddhism is less associated with religious warfare than both polytheistic and monotheistic religions, some exceptions exist such as in southern Thailand where the killing of a Buddhist monk is considered such a sacrilege as to prompt a furious call for immediate killing of the murderer. However, in an area such as that, the Buddhists have been the minority and fear for their lives from militant Muslims. From Aeon Essays online, article titled, "Monks with guns" by Michael Jerryson. As co-editor of the book, "Buddhist Warfare" he said that, "Buddhism differs in that the act of killing is less the focus than the 'intention' behind the killing" and "The first thing to remember is that people have a penchant for violence, it just so happens that every religion has people in it." India is unhappily a hotbed of religious violence between Muslims and Hindus (whoever is in the minority but might also be increasing, the majority violently attacks; so too with Christians when they're the minority - and when they are the attackers, it must not only be noted what sect they belong to, but that they - like many Hindus and Muslims - don't all take seriously their master's teaching of 'Turn the other cheek' and 'Love your enemy as yourself' [plus the Golden Rule, as in all belief systems].

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It appears to me that to classify a war as one type or another, one must evaluate objectives of both warring parties. For example the American Indians fought for food and water which required land. The English fought for resources, land, and economic gain. So the Indians fought for survival while the aggressor fought for economic gain, along with egocentric ideas regarding religion and culture. The Indians did not fight for land. Most had no idea of the concept of owning land until the English introduced it.

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#5. Revenge.

Example B.? War on Terror - Began in Afghanistan (2001) A commom mistake. Operation Iraqi Freedom(2003) was not part of the War on Terror but was closure for Desert Storm(1991) after Saddam Hussein repeatedly defied U.N. sanctions.

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Seems to me that all the 8 reasons are associated one way or another with ownership of one thing or another, which can be said to be due to ignorance? Philosophically, how can one own what one did not create? No human created the universe. How can human own parts of the universe?

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One of the most prevalent aggressors of war against others for over 1,400 years is missing. That would be Islamic wars against everyone else. Islamic warring is now in the form of terrorism worldwide and can be categorized under several of the eight reasons for war that are mentioned; Economic Gain is a primary reason for Islamic warring along with Territorial Gain, both of which are claimed to be for the purpose of Religion as well as a form of Nationalism as Muslims strive for everyone to be under the same Islamic rule. Civil War has been a factor of Islamic warring as different factions of Muslims war over which faction should be in control. Revolutionary War is how Islam describes turning a nation that has been taken over by Muslims also take over the nation. Defensive War on Islam is mostly due to others defending themselves from Islamic aggression or defense of one Islamic faction against another.

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While Buddhism is less associated with religious warfare than both polytheistic and monotheistic religions, some exceptions exist such as in southern Thailand where the killing of a Buddhist monk is considered such a sacrilege as to prompt a furious call for immediate killing of the murderer. However, in an area such as that, the Buddhists have been the minority and fear for their lives from militant Muslims. From Aeon Essays online, article titled, "Monks with guns" by Michael Jerryson. As co-editor of the book, "Buddhist Warfare" he said that, "Buddhism differs in that the act of killing is less the focus than the 'intention' behind the killing" and "The first thing to remember is that people have a penchant for violence, it just so happens that every religion has people in it." India is unhappily a hotbed of religious violence between Muslims and Hindus (whoever is in the minority but might also be increasing, the majority violently attacks; so too with Christians when they're the minority - and when they are the attackers, it must not only be noted what sect they belong to, but that they - like many Hindus and Muslims - don't all take seriously their master's teaching of 'Turn the other cheek' and 'Love your enemy as yourself' [plus the Golden Rule, as in all belief systems].

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While Buddhism is less associated with religious warfare than both polytheistic and monotheistic religions, some exceptions exist such as in southern Thailand where the killing of a Buddhist monk is considered such a sacrilege as to prompt a furious call for immediate killing of the murderer. However, in an area such as that, the Buddhists have been the minority and fear for their lives from militant Muslims. From Aeon Essays online, article titled, "Monks with guns" by Michael Jerryson. As co-editor of the book, "Buddhist Warfare" he said that, "Buddhism differs in that the act of killing is less the focus than the 'intention' behind the killing" and "The first thing to remember is that people have a penchant for violence, it just so happens that every religion has people in it." India is unhappily a hotbed of religious violence between Muslims and Hindus (whoever is in the minority but might also be increasing, the majority violently attacks; so too with Christians when they're the minority - and when they are the attackers, it must not only be noted what sect they belong to, but that they - like many Hindus and Muslims - don't all take seriously their master's teaching of 'Turn the other cheek' and 'Love your enemy as yourself' [plus the Golden Rule, as in all belief systems].

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Ahmadullah on October 18, 2018:

why war is going on in Afghanistan;how can we finish war in Afghanistan and why NATO forces cannot end Afghanistan's war.

Clara on October 09, 2018:

This article really helped me a lot it was just something I was looking for and I think this could help a lot of other students to that need help with the subject.War is started because it exists.

Pw on September 26, 2018:

Thought war on terror started in Afghanistan.

NoName on September 11, 2018:

War is started because it exists. It exists because humanity exists. No other beings that we know of kill their own kind like we do, and its because of having intelligence, souls, and opinions. As long as opinions exist, there will always be conflict.

Leonard Kelley on September 05, 2018:

The only reason we go to war is to pay back and give money to the backers of all the people that are in Washington DC so they can put money in their pockets and who cares about how many young people you kill that's it there's no philosophy here

Gargi09 on September 04, 2018:

Nice and easy.Psychology can answer this question a bit. Human beings have ego,some a bit higher and they want to dominate others and that's their way of showing they are more powerful.A sort of animalistic trait though.When this combines with materialistic needs (greed) wars happen.

Paul K Francis from east coast,USA on August 24, 2018:

I see a common thread of one wanting to have some kind of power over another running through the multiple reasons for war. I like the examples you use for the different types of war. Thanks.

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