Sociological Forum

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 241–246 | Cite as

The Causes of World War III: Thirty years later

  • Ted G. Goertzel
Notes And Insights


Dire warnings about the imminence of World War III were common in the 1950s, as the world adjusted to the introduction of nuclear weapons. C. Wright Mills and other critical writers exaggerated the power of the military in American society and the weakness of civilian social forces. In the thirty years since Mills publishedThe Causes of World War III, the mass society has asserted itself and nonnuclear conflicts have been the major threats to world peace.

Key words

militarism nuclear war arms race military-industrial complex peace movements 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ted G. Goertzel
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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityCamden

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