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Author Pejcinovic, Lacy
Title War in International Society
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (247 pages)
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series New International Relations Ser
New International Relations Ser
Note Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- War, institutions and international actors -- Identity, rights and necessity in justifications for war -- Structure of the book -- 1. The Theory of International Society and Institutions -- The element of 'society' in international relations theory -- Wight and Bull: the first generation -- The new generations: international society after Wight and Bull -- Institutions of international society -- History and war as an institution -- 2. Infidels, Barbarians, and Dominium -- The nature of 'international society' in the late medieval period -- Muslim infidels, dominium rights, and justifying war -- Justifying war in the conquest of the new world -- Conclusion -- 3. Kings and Heretics in Late Medieval War -- Theories of kingship and war -- The great european divide: wars of religion and the construction of war as an institution -- The corporeal metaphor and justifications for war -- Conclusion -- 4. Great Powers and War in the Nineteenth Century -- International society in the age of revolutions -- The Napoleonic wars, the peace of Europe and the institution of war -- Slavery, identity and states' rights: the American Civil War -- Necessity and the overseas manifestation of European rivalry -- Conclusion -- 5. Historical Time, Commerce, and Tutelage -- The Enlightenment and non-European others -- Commerce and tutelage as strategic and moral necessity -- The creation of British India -- The Opium Wars -- The Berlin West Africa conference and war -- Conclusion -- 6. Wars of Decolonisation -- International society in the twentieth century -- Decolonisation and the expansion of international society -- France and Algeria -- Portuguese decolonisation -- Conclusion -- 7. The Era of Total War -- The world wars and war crimes
The Cold War and nuclear weapons -- Conclusion -- Conclusion -- International society in the twenty-first century -- Reflections on war in the twenty-first century -- Is war still an institution? -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Is war an institution of international society and how is it constituted as such across the evolution of international society? This book is an inquiry into the purpose of war as a social institution, as originally put forward by Hedley Bull. It offers a comprehensive examination of what is entailed in thinking of war as a social institution and as a mechanism for order. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 the subject of war has become increasingly relevant, with questions about who can wage war against whom, the way war is fought, and the reasons that lead us to war exposing fundamental inadequacies in our theorisation of war. War has long been considered in the discipline of International Relations in the context of the problem of order. However, the inclusion of war as an 'institution' is problematic for many. How can we understand an idea and practice so often associated with coercion, destruction, and disorder as contributing to order and coexistence? This study contends that an understanding of the core elements that establish the character of war as an institution of modern international society will give us important insights into the purpose, if any, of war in contemporary international relations. This ground-breaking book will be of strong interest to students and scholars of international relations, international relations theory, the English school, security studies and warfare
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Pejcinovic, Lacy War in International Society London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2013 9780415629997
Subject War and society -- History
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