Why Wars Happen

Why Wars Happen

by Jeremy Black
     
 

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In this deeply informed book, renowned historian Jeremy Black addresses the crucial question of why wars happen, bridging the disciplines of history, political science and international relations, and spanning over the centuries. Black marshals an astonishing range of material from all corners of the globe, and demonstrates the universalities of conflict. What then… See more details below

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In this deeply informed book, renowned historian Jeremy Black addresses the crucial question of why wars happen, bridging the disciplines of history, political science and international relations, and spanning over the centuries. Black marshals an astonishing range of material from all corners of the globe, and demonstrates the universalities of conflict. What then causes wars? Do they primarily reflect bellicosity in societies and states, or do they arise as the result of the breakdown of diplomatic systems? How far are the causes of war related to changes in the nature of warfare, of the international system or of the internal character of states? Black looks at the problems of deepening war, and analyses the three main forms of conflict: wars across cultures, wars within cultures and civil war. He also assesses the present situation and asks where we are heading in terms of future wars.

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Black (history, University of Exeter) addresses the question of what causes war. Using a chronological approach, he spans five centuries in order to shed light on the universalities of conflict and to analyze the three main forms of war--wars across cultures, war within cultures, and civil wars. He concludes by assessing the current state of warfare and speculates on where we are heading in terms of future conflicts. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861894151
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Series:
Globalities
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

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Peter Wilson
A bold and innovative approach to a well-established question. Its principal merit is that it does not restrict itself to examining a few selected case studies or a limited time span, but attempts to survey one and a half millennia of world conflict within a tight analytical framework and compact format. (Peter Wilson, Department of History, Newcastle University)

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