Another Century of War

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The definitive condemnation of America's reckless foreign policies, by "the foremost modern historian of war" (The Guardian).

Another Century of War? is a candid and critical look at America's "new wars" by a brilliant and provocative analyst of its old ones. Gabriel Kolko's masterly studies of conflict have redefined our views of modern warfare and its effects; in this urgent and timely treatise, he turns his attention to our current crisis ...

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Overview

The definitive condemnation of America's reckless foreign policies, by "the foremost modern historian of war" (The Guardian).

Another Century of War? is a candid and critical look at America's "new wars" by a brilliant and provocative analyst of its old ones. Gabriel Kolko's masterly studies of conflict have redefined our views of modern warfare and its effects; in this urgent and timely treatise, he turns his attention to our current crisis and the dark future it portends.

Another Century of War? insists that the roots of terrorism lie in America's own cynical policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan, a half-century of realpolitik justified by crusades for oil and against communism. The latter threat has disappeared, but America has become even more ambitious in its imperialist adventures and, as the recent crisis proves, even less secure.

America, Kolko contends, reacts to the complexity of world affairs with its advanced technology and superior firepower, not with realistic political response and negotiation. He offers a critical and well-informed assessment of whether such a policy offers any hope of attaining greater security for America. Raising the same hard-hitting questions that made his Century of War a "crucial" (Globe and Mail) assessment of our age of conflict, Kolko asks whether the wars of the future will end differently from those in our past.

Author Biography: Gabriel Kolko is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto. He is the author of Anatomy of War and Century of War, both available from The New Press.

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In his masterly 1994 classic Century of War, Gabriel Kolko redefined the way we look at modern warfare by examining its effects on civilian populations during the 20th century. Here, he critically examines America's "new wars" in the new millennium. Kolko argues that the roots of terrorism lie in America's cynical policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan. He describes a half century of realpolitik, justified by a quest for oil and a crusade against communism.This provocative, detailed, and controversial study will be widely discussed.
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Historian Kolko (Century of War) comes right out and blames the West: "the principal... danger the entire world confronts is America's capacity and readiness to intervene virtually anywhere." U.S. foreign policy has been "destabilizing and counterproductive," he asserts, particularly in the Middle East. Nonetheless, he offers a nuanced analysis of the U.S.'s role in the region: its pursuit of oil, the reliance on Israel as a Cold War proxy and the downplaying of the danger of Arab nationalism. Will there be another century of war? Yes, Kolko says, unless the U.S. renounces its ambition to rule the world. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565847583
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 The War Comes Home 1
2 The Middle East: The Legacies of Failure 19
3 The Trap: Afghanistan and the United States 45
4 The Making of American Foreign Policy: Successes, and Failures 86
5 Strategic Confusions 106
6 Another Century of War? 138
Sources and Notes 151
Index 159
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