War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War / Edition 1

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Although the Korean and Peloponnesian wars were separated by centuries as well as by major cultural and technological differences, they also share similarities<-->geographic, ideological, rhetorical, moral, and political. McCann (Harvard) and Strauss (Cornell) have gathered chapters that compare the dimensions of these two conflicts to shed light on issues such as why societies go to war, what happens when they do, and what factors make war occur or might lead to outcomes other than armed conflict. The contributors are scholars, researchers, and policy-makers from the US, UK, and Japan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765606952
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Democracy: Bellicose, Imperial, or Idealistic?
1 Democratic Warfare, Ancient and Modern 3
2 The American Imperium 34
3 The American Empire: A Case of Mistaken Identity 49
Pt. II Categorizing Wars: Civil or Hegemonic, Decisive or Cyclical?
4 When Sparta Is Sparta but Athens Isn't Athens: Democracy and the Korean War 57
5 Stalin and the Decision for War in Korea 85
6 The Effects of the Peloponnesian (Athenian) War on Athenian and Spartan Societies 104
Pt. III Third Forces, or Shrimps Between Whales
7 The Case of Plataea: Small States and the (Re-)Invention of Political Realism 127
8 The Korean War and North Korean Politics 161
9 The Korean War and South Korean Politics 176
Pt. IV Demagogues? or Domestic Politics in Democracies at War
10 McCarthyism and the Korean War 191
11 Korea, the Cold War, and American Democracy 216
12 Warfare, Democracy, and the Cult of Personality 238
Pt. V Realism, Militarism, and the Culture of Democracies at War
13 Thucydides Theoretikos/Thucydides Histor: Realist Theory and the Challenge of History 273
14 Father of All, Destroyer of All: War in Late Fifth-Century Athenian Discourse and Ideology 307
15 Characters and Characteristics of Korean War Novels 357
Chronology 367
Contributors 371
Index 375
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