War In An Age Of Risk / Edition 1

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Wars throughout history have been fought in the name of ideology, religion and the pursuit of peace. Our thinking about war - when it is justified, how it should be fought and how it is perceived - has changed dramatically over time. Whereas in the past war has been seen as a battle of wills, this provocative and illuminating new book shows how war has evolved into an exercise in risk management.

In a rare blend of political science, sociology, history and cultural thought, Christopher Coker peels away the layers of meaning shrouding our current understanding of war and warfare. Using the ideas of writers such as Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck and Frank Furedi, he shows that risk has become the language of business, politics and public policy and so we should not be surprised that it has now become the language of war. The book highlights the increasing difference between homeland security and national security in the modern world, arguing that the defense of the citizen is often now more challenging than the defense of the state. By demonstrating the changing character and complexity of conflict from World War I to the current the current fight against terrorism, the book provides a powerful and highly distinctive account of the re-branding of war in an age of risk.

This book is set to ignite debate amongst students and scholars of international politics as well as appealing to anyone interested in war and its place in contemporary society.

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Editorial Reviews

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"As we have come to expect from a scholar of his intellectual witand calibre, Coker delivers a masterful, not to mention thoroughlyenjoyable, analysis."
RUSI Journal

"Christopher Coker is in a class by himself. His nimble, evendazzling arguments are buttressed by a rich body of quotations,allusions and references to English, French and German philosophy,cinema and literature, to the natural sciences and pop-sociology,and sometimes even to more esoteric specialties."

"War in an Age of Risk is an imaginative and penetratingstudy of the new strategic context by one of Britain's mostcreative and thoughtful strategic analysts. It is an outstandingwork."
Philip C. Bobbitt, University of Texas

"Christopher Coker, perhaps the most incisive philosopher of warof our time, explains how the evolution of Western societies hasinfluenced how those societies perceive and wage war. It is likelythat historians, with the benefit of hindsight, will considerWar in an Age of Risk an unusually perspicacious and seminalwork."
Dr H. R. McMaster, Colonel, US Army

"Drawing on philosophy and sociology as well as militaryhistory, Christopher Coker presents a clear vision of what war willbe all about in years to come. When historians of the future try tounderstand how wars of modern mass armies developed into thenever-ending conflicts of risk societies they will read War inan Age of Risk. Commanders and policy-makers have the goodfortune to be able to read it today."
Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen, Head of the Danish Institute forMilitary Studies, University of Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745642888
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Risk Society at War 1

2 Complexity and War 28

3 War in an Age of Risk 62

4 Consequence Management 103

5 The Geopolitics of Risk Management 131

6 The Risk Age and its Discontents 173

Bibliography 185

Index 199

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