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The Ashgate Research Companion to War

Origins and Prevention

Edited by: Hall Gardner , Oleg Kobtzeff

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678267
eBook ISBN: 9781315613741
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041115

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Many different social scientists have been challenged by the origins of wars, their immediate causes and the mechanisms leading to the breakdown of peaceful relations. Many have speculated whether conflicts were avoidable and whether alternative policies might have prevented conflict. The Ashgate Research Companion to War provides contributions from a number of theorists and historians with a focus on long term, systemic conflicts. The problèmatique is introduced by the Editors highlighting the need for interdisciplinary approaches to the study of war as a global phenomenon. The following 29 essays provide a comprehensive study guide in four sections: Part I explicates differing theories as to the origins of war under the general concept of 'polemology'. Part II analyzes significant conflicts from the Peloponnesian wars to World War II. Part III examines the ramifications of Cold War and post-Cold War conflict. Part IV looks at long cycles of systemic conflict, and speculates, in part, whether another global war is theoretically possible, and if so, whether it can be averted. This comprehensive volume brings us a much needed analysis of wars throughout the ages, their origins, their consequences, and their relationship to the present. A valuable understanding that is ideal for social scientists from a variety of backgrounds.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  General Introduction: Polemology Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Alienation and the Origins and Prevention of War Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The Roots and Evolution of Conflict: From Cain to the Present Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Gender and the Causes, Tactics and Consequences of War Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Age of Progress or “Age of Extremes?”: The Escalation of Warfare in Modern Times and the Nature of its Mutation Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The State as a Cause of War: Anarchist and Autonomist Critiques of War Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Majority Rule – A Cause of War? Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Legitimacy of War – Toward a New Principle for Intervention, with its Application to the Iraq War of 2003 Download PDF
Chapter  9:  From Innovative Democracy to Warfare State: Ancient Athens as a Model of Hegemonic Decline Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Origins of Arab-Israeli Conflicts in the “Greater Middle-East” Download PDF
Chapter  11:  A “Time of Troubles”: War in an Age of Planetary Upheaval, from the End of the Middle Ages to 1648 Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Napoleonic Wars: Art of War, Diplomacy and Imperialism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  War and the Sacred: Russian-Ottoman Conflict, 1876–1878 Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Failure to Prevent World War I Download PDF
Chapter  15:  World War I in World History Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Totalitarian Times—Total War, Global War: The Roots of World War II and the Nature of the Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  17:  NATO as a War-Preventive Organization: Cold War vs World War III Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Cold War and the Media: Lessons from America in Vietnam Download PDF
Chapter  19:  NATO as a Post-Cold War Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Organization Download PDF
Chapter  20:  NOT a Clash of Civilizations: The Conflict in Kosovo Revisited Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Child Soldiers: The Pursuit of Peace and Justice for Child Combatants Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Instrumentalization of Gender in War Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Wars and Climate: The Effects of Climatic Change on Security Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Cyberconflict and the Future of Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Future of Asymmetric Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Metastrategy: Sociostrategic Systems in the West Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Islamic Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Long Cycle Theory and Concentrations/Deconcentration of Economic and Political-Military Resources Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Preventing Global War Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Reflections on Polemology: Breaking the Long Cycles of Wars of Initial Challenge and Wars of Revanche Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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