Humane Warfare

Humane Warfare

by Christopher Coker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415255767

ISBN-13: 9780415255769

Pub. Date: 08/23/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The decision to fight 'humanitarian wars' - such as Kosovo - and the development of technology to make war more humane, illustrates the trend in the West to try to humanise war, and thereby humanise modernity. This highly controversial and cutting-edge book asks whether the attempt to make war 'virtual' or 'virtuous' can succeed and whether the west is deluding

Overview

The decision to fight 'humanitarian wars' - such as Kosovo - and the development of technology to make war more humane, illustrates the trend in the West to try to humanise war, and thereby humanise modernity. This highly controversial and cutting-edge book asks whether the attempt to make war 'virtual' or 'virtuous' can succeed and whether the west is deluding itself (not its enemies) in thinking that war can ever be made more humane.
Christopher Coker's radical conclusion is that Western humanitarian warfare is in fact an endgame as other non-Western societies will make sure it does not succeed. Eminently readable, this book combines theory with accounts by politicians and serving military personnel, alongside illuminating literary insights. It will be vital reading for all those interested in international relations and strategic studies and defence issues, including journalists, students and politicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415255769
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/23/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Humanising war7
Surfing the Zeitgeist7
Irony and war11
Humanising modernity15
Humanising war17
2War and the renunciation of cruelty24
The American Century and the will to power25
Vietnam: the end of America's will to power30
Into the slaughterhouse36
Judith Shklar and cruelty40
3The redundancy of courage44
Machiavelli and the virtuous state44
Hegel and war as a vocation46
Nietzsche and the masses as a military caste47
The end of the virtuous state50
The risk society51
Risk-aversive war56
Stress-free war61
4War without hatred67
Why no enemies?69
Post-materialist war78
Uncivil society81
The feminisation of society83
Non-lethal warfare88
5The humane warrior91
Counter-culture92
Post-military society93
Post-traditional military96
The feminisation of the military103
6Zoning the planet111
Keeping the peace112
An insecure world115
The humanitarian military ethos117
Humanitarian imperialism125
Humanitarian war and the loss of metaphysics126
7Humane war and the moral imagination131
Lin Yutang and humanised thinking131
Richard Rorty and the end of metaphysics133
History as a metaphysical principle134
War and sacrifice in an ironic world142
8Conclusion146
Humanism and war146
Humanity and war147
Humanitarian wars148
Notes152
Index165

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