War and Power in the Twenty-First Century: The State, Military Power and the International System / Edition 1

War and Power in the Twenty-First Century: The State, Military Power and the International System / Edition 1

by Paul Hirst
     
 

Future developments in war, armed conflict and international relations are central to our collective fate in this century. This book looks forward by considering the forces that will drive changes in military organizations, sources of conflict, the power of states and the nature of the international system.

New military technologies will alter how wars are

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Overview

Future developments in war, armed conflict and international relations are central to our collective fate in this century. This book looks forward by considering the forces that will drive changes in military organizations, sources of conflict, the power of states and the nature of the international system.

New military technologies will alter how wars are fought and will influence the balance of power. Changes in the global environment will provide new causes of conflict and will change economic priorities. As a result, the state will survive as the key social institution and populations will look to it to acquire and to distribute scarce resources like water, energy and land. Many of the changes that seem transformatory today, like globalization, the internet and mass consumerism, will be shown to be less significant than we believe them to be.

Hirst puts such changes into perspective by comparing them with the revolutionary changes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe: the firepower revolution, the rise of the sovereign territorial state and the parallel development of the international system, and the creation of world trade. These basic structures of the modern world are still with us and will remain, despite major changes in twenty-first-century society.

This book will appeal to students of politics, political sociology & international relations as well as the interested general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745625201
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Themes for the 21st Century Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Military Revolutions7
2The International System in the Westphalian Era44
3The Future of War79
4The Future of the International System110
Conclusion145
Notes149
Further Reading159
Index165

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