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Dimensions of War

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With today mutable identities and various kinds of warfare, how do we further our understanding of war? Reviewing influential war theories from Machiavelli to the present, this book analyses how they reduce war in terms of time, space, interaction, purpose, aim, and/or evolution. Considering war as a complex adaptive system allows us to increase our overall comprehension of contemporary wars.

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Published 01 November 2012
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EAN13 9782296508392
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15,50 € ISBN: 978-2-296-99721-9
Samuel SOVIT
DIMENSIONS OF WAR Understanding War as a Complex Adaptive System
DIPLOMACY AND STRATEGY
DIMENSIONS OF WAR
Understanding War as a Complex Adaptive System
“Diplomacy and Strategy” English Series Directors: Fouad Nohra and Michael J. Strauss Diplomacy and Strategy is a collection initiated by the academic directorate of the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques to promote the outstanding scientific work presented by Ph.D. graduates, professors and researchers. The scope of subjects covered is as wide as international relations itself, encompassing disciplines such as political science, economic science, international law and sociology. OTHER TITLES DUQUESNE Isabelle,Nepal, Zone of Peace. A Revised Concept for the Constitution, 2011. STRAUSS Michael J.,The Viability of Territorial Leases in Resolving International Sovereignty Disputes,2010.
Diplomacy and Strategy Series Samuel Solvit DIMENSIONS OF WAR
Understanding War as a Complex Adaptive System
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© L'Harmattan, 2012 5-7, rue de l'École-Polytechnique ; 75005 Parishttp://www.librairieharmattan.com diffusion.harmattan@wanadoo.fr harmattan1@wanadoo.fr ISBN : 978-2-296-99721-9 EAN : 9782296997219
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments ....................................................................11Preface ......................................................................................13Introduction ..............................................................................17PART I. THE SIMPLIFICATION AND REDUCTION OF WAR CONCEPTUALIZATION .............................................23Chapter 1. Classic Conceptions of War ...................................25Toward Peace: Hobbes, Kant and Montesquieu ..................26Hobbes...............................................................26..............Kant..................................................................................28Montesquieu.....................................................................31War as a Tool: Machiavelli and Clausewitz.........................33Machiavelli......................................................................33Clausewitz......................................43..................................The Use of Conflict Through the Perspective of Historical Materialism: Lenin’s Wars and Revolutions........................37Chapter 2. Contemporary Perspectives ....................................41The International System Induces War: The Neo-Realism of Kenneth Waltz......................................................................41War Is What States Make of It: The Constructivist Perspective ...........................................................................43War and Economics .............................................................45War as a Destructive Phenomenon: Peace Research and Conflict Resolution Studies..................................................48PART II. A GENERATIVE SOCIAL PHENOMENON, UNCERTAIN AND SELF-MODIFYING ...............................55Introduction ..............................................................................57Chapter 3. The Dimensions of War ..........................................59A Space-Time Construct ......................................................59A Social Process...................................................................61
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