Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis / Edition 2

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Overview

What are the causes of war? To answer this question, Professor Waltz examines the ideas of major thinkers throughout the history of Western civilization. He explores works both by classic political philosophers, such as St. Augustine, Hobbes, Kant, and Rousseau, and by modern psychologists and anthropologists to discover ideas intended to explain war among states and related prescriptions for peace.

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Foreign Affairs

In this thoughtful inquiry into the views of classical political theory on the nature and causes of war, Professor Waltz follows three principal themes or images: war as a consequence of the nature and behavior of man, as an outcome of their internal organization of states, and as a product of international anarchy.

Military Review

Despite the changes in the world, the text stands as a classic effort to explain why men and nations fight.

Foreign
[A] thoughtful inquiry into the views of classical political theory on the nature and causes of war.
Foreign Affairs
In this thoughtful inquiry into the views of classical political theory on the nature and causes of war, Professor Waltz follows three principal themes or images: war as a consequence of the nature and behavior of man, as an outcome of their internal organization of states, and as a product of international anarchy.
American Political Science Review
It is fortunate that Waltz is not merely a qualified political theorist but also an able student of international politics.
American Political Science Review
It is fortunate that Waltz is not merely a qualified political theorist but also an able student of international politics with a command of the contemporary literature and of the raw data on the subject. He is thus able intellectually to analyze the contributions of the political philosophers and to assess their relevance and adequacy for understanding the real world of international politics.
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<:st>Reprint of the 1959 original, cited in , with a new four page preface. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231125376
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/19/2001
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 182,872
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth N. Waltz is a recipient of the James Madison Award for distinguished scholarly contributions to political science from the American Political Science Association. He is Ford Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and is now at the Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of Foreign Policy and Democratic Politics, Theory of International Politics, and coauthor of The Spread of Nuclear Weapons.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by by William T.R. FoxIntroductionThe First Image: International Conflict and Human BehaviorSome Implications of the First Image: The Behavioral Sciences and the Reduction of Interstate ViolenceThe Second Image: International Conflict and the Internal Structure of StatesSome Implications of the Second Image: International Socialism and the Coming of the First World WarThe Third Image: International Conflict and International AnarchySome Implications of the Third Image: Examples from Economics, Politics, and HistoryConclusion

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