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Victorious and Vulnerable: Why Democracy Won in the 20th Century and How It Is Still Imperiled (Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society)

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"Gat, a professor of national security at Tel Aviv University, a Hoover Institution fellow, and author (War in Human Civilization), has gained an international reputation as a military historian and security analyst. In this look at liberal democracies in conflict, he does not directly challenge their 'deeply structural' attitude toward conduct in war, a characteristic 'written in their DNA,' but suggests that general moral and legal parameters can be refined, through policy and strategy, using 'a better awareness of the underlying patterns of the democracies' behavior in conflict.' In particular, he finds fault with 'normative-legal aspects' of liberal national defense that favor pacifism and appeasement: such tendencies render them vulnerable to a determined enemy without such scruples. Opposition to detention without trial, torture, and wiretapping, Gat says, has 'a bitterly ideological and righteous character,' rigid where it should be adaptable to changing realities and enemy tactics; on the battlefield, 'self-imposed restrictions on violence against civilian population' can 'render often-successful military operations futile.' Suggesting that we 'are inclined to rationalize backwards,' Gat finds examples in the simplistic notions of the allied victory in WWII, which he suggests was 'anything but preordained.' A contentious contribution to the foreign policy debate that raises important issues, Gat's latest will engross security wonks." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Azar Gat provides a politically and strategically vital understanding of the peculiar strengths and vulnerabilities that liberal democracy brings to the formidable challenges ahead. Arguing that the democratic peace is merely one manifestation of much more sweeping and less recognized pacifist tendencies typical of liberal democracies, Gat offers a panoramic view of their distinctive way in conflict and war.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781442201149
Author:
Gat, Azar
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Subject:
Democratization
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Hoover Studies in Politics, Economics, and Society
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
9.24x6.60x.90 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Product details 228 pages Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. - English 9781442201149 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gat, a professor of national security at Tel Aviv University, a Hoover Institution fellow, and author (War in Human Civilization), has gained an international reputation as a military historian and security analyst. In this look at liberal democracies in conflict, he does not directly challenge their 'deeply structural' attitude toward conduct in war, a characteristic 'written in their DNA,' but suggests that general moral and legal parameters can be refined, through policy and strategy, using 'a better awareness of the underlying patterns of the democracies' behavior in conflict.' In particular, he finds fault with 'normative-legal aspects' of liberal national defense that favor pacifism and appeasement: such tendencies render them vulnerable to a determined enemy without such scruples. Opposition to detention without trial, torture, and wiretapping, Gat says, has 'a bitterly ideological and righteous character,' rigid where it should be adaptable to changing realities and enemy tactics; on the battlefield, 'self-imposed restrictions on violence against civilian population' can 'render often-successful military operations futile.' Suggesting that we 'are inclined to rationalize backwards,' Gat finds examples in the simplistic notions of the allied victory in WWII, which he suggests was 'anything but preordained.' A contentious contribution to the foreign policy debate that raises important issues, Gat's latest will engross security wonks." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Azar Gat provides a politically and strategically vital understanding of the peculiar strengths and vulnerabilities that liberal democracy brings to the formidable challenges ahead. Arguing that the democratic peace is merely one manifestation of much more sweeping and less recognized pacifist tendencies typical of liberal democracies, Gat offers a panoramic view of their distinctive way in conflict and war.
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