The Nature of Peace

Overview

The Nature of Peace is the penultimate publication of the collected works of Veblen being published by Transaction. This work contains both a theory of politics and a theory of economics in regard to war. Thorstein Veblen's approach to this topic is at once em­pirical, instrumental, and matter-of-fact. He poses the question, "What are the terms on which peace at large may hopefully be installed and maintained?" Veblen's quest for peace does not rely on grand forces but rather on...

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Overview

The Nature of Peace is the penultimate publication of the collected works of Veblen being published by Transaction. This work contains both a theory of politics and a theory of economics in regard to war. Thorstein Veblen's approach to this topic is at once em­pirical, instrumental, and matter-of-fact. He poses the question, "What are the terms on which peace at large may hopefully be installed and maintained?" Veblen's quest for peace does not rely on grand forces but rather on various conditions, some propitious and some prohibitive.

The regime of peace, according to Veblen, is a function of the pacification of both the dynastic state and the modern state, the class struggle, the control of government by privileged business and other propertied interests, and the workings of the market. War and warlike behavior are matters not only of psychology but of both politics and eco­nomics, that is to say, matters of the social system as a whole.

Warren Samuels writes in his new introduction that eighty years after this book was originally written, we remain uncertain about the prospects of peace. To understand this uncertainty one can begin by reading The Nature of Peace. But, Samuels warns, the reader must be prepared to suspend the rationales and moral indignations promulgated and reinforced by the institutions of social control and communication in his or her na­tion. Thorstein Veblen's brilliant analysis about the pursuit of perpetual peace is neces­sary reading material for sociologists, philosophers, political scientists, economists, military specialists, and government officials.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009733
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 367
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was perhaps the most famous American economist and social critic of his time. He taught at the universities of Chicago and Missouri, Stanford University, and the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Theory of Business Enterprise, The Higher Learning in America, and The Theory of the Leisure Class, all available from Transaction.

Warren J. Samuels (1933-2011) was professor emeritus of economics at Michigan State University and is known for his contributions in the areas of the history of economic thought and the methodology of economics. In addition to his numerous professional articles, his books include Essays on the History of Economics, The Economy as a Process of Valuation, and Economic Thought and Discourse in the Twentieth Century.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface
I Introductory: On the State and its Relation to War and Peace 1
II On the Nature and Uses of Patriotism 31
III On the Conditions of a Lasting Peace 77
IV Peace Without Honour 118
V Peace and Neutrality 178
VI Elimination of the Unfit 233
VII Peace and the Price System 299
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