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War and Our Worldby John Keegan
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John Keegan, widely considered the greatest military historian of our time and the author of acclaimed volumes on ancient and modern warfare--including, most recently, The First WorldWar, a national bestseller--distills what he knows about the why's and how's of armed conflict into a series of brilliantly concise essays.
Is war anatural condition of humankind? What are the origins of war? Is the modern state dependent on warfare? How does war affect the individual, combatant or noncombatant? Can there be an end to war? Keegan addresses thesequestions with a breathtaking knowledge of history and the many other disciplines that have attempted to explain the phenomenon. The themes Keegan concentrates on in this short volume are essential to our understanding ofwhy war remains the single greatest affliction of humanity in the twenty-first century, surpassing famine and disease, its traditional companions.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A distinguished military historian and author of The First World War presents a series of insightful essays on the origins of warfare, the relationship of humankind and war, the impact of warfare on human society and culture, and the future of war. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
War and our world — The origins of war — War and the state — War and the individual — Can there be an end to war?
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