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The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History

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Philip Bobbitt teaches constitutional law at the University of Texas, where he holds the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair. He was formerly the Anderson Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Modern History faculty. He was later the Marsh Christian Fellow in War Studies at King's College, London. He has served as associate counsel to the president for intelligence and international security, legal counsel to the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, the counselor on international law at the Department of State, as well as director of intelligence, senior director for critical infrastructure, and senior director for strategic planning at the National Security Council. He has written several books on nuclear strategy, social choice, and constitutional law. He lives in Austin, Washington, and London.

Synopsis:

For five centuries, the State has evolved according to epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of fear and uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penetrate the defenses of any state? Visionary and prophetic, The Shield of Achilles looks back at history, at the “Long War” of 1914-1990, and at the future: the death of the nation-state and the birth of a new kind of conflict without precedent.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Prologue

Book I—State of War

Introduction: Law, Strategy, and History

Part I—The Long War of the Nation-State

1. Thucydides and the Epochal War

2. The Struggle Begun: Fascism, Communism, Parliamentarianism, 1914-1919

3. The Struggle Continued: 1919-1945

4. The Struggle Ended: 1945-1990

Part II—A Brief History of the Modern State and its Constitutional Orders

5. Strategy and the Constitutional Order

6. From Princes to Princely States: 1494-1648

7. From Kingly States to Territorial States: 1648-1776

8. From State-Nations to Nation-States: 1776-1914

9. The Study of the Modern State

Part III—The Historic Consequences of the Long War

10. The Market-State

11. Strategic Choices

12. Strategy and the Market-State

13. The Wars of the Market-State: Conclusion to Book I Plates I-V

Book II—States of Peace

Introduction: The Origin of International Law in the Constitutional Order

Part I—The Society of Nation-States

14. Colonel House and a World Made of Law

15. The Kitty Genovese Incident and the War in Bosnia

16. The Death of the Society of Nation-States

Part II—A Brief History of the Society of States and the International Order

17. Peace and the International Order

18. The Treaty of Augsburg

19. The Peace of Westphalia

20. The Treaty of Utrecht

21. The Congress of Vienna

22. The Versailles Treaty

23. The Peace of Paris

Part III—The Society of Market-States

24. Challenges to the New International Order

25. Possible Worlds

26. The Coming Age of War and Peace

27. Peace in the Society of Market-States: Conclusion to Book II

Epilogue

Postscript: The Indian Summer

Appendix

A Note on Eurocentrism

A Note on Causality

A Note on Periodicity

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385721387
Author:
Bobbitt, Philip
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
War
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
National state
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no 87
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
960
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.65 in 1.55 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present

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"Synopsis" by , For five centuries, the State has evolved according to epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of fear and uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penetrate the defenses of any state? Visionary and prophetic, The Shield of Achilles looks back at history, at the “Long War” of 1914-1990, and at the future: the death of the nation-state and the birth of a new kind of conflict without precedent.
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