Polity
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Throughout history, war seems to have had an iron grip on humanity. In this short book, internationally renowned philosopher of war, Christopher Coker, challenges the view that war is an idea that we can cash in for an even better one - peace. War, he argues, is central to the human condition; it is part of the evolutionary inheritance which has allowed us to survive and thrive. New technologies and new geopolitical battles may transform the face and purpose of war in the 21st century, but our capacity for war remains undiminished. The inconvenient truth is that we will not see the end of war until it exhausts its own evolutionary possibilities.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745679228
ISBN10
0745679226
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2014
Publication Dates US:
Mar 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2014


Format
199 x 133 mm
7.80 x 5.20 in
Pages
120 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745679235
ISBN10
0745679234
Publication Dates ROW:
Mar 2014
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Mar 2014



Format
190 x 125 mm
7.45 x 4.92 in
Pages
120 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745682075
ISBN10
0745682073
Publication Dates ROW:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates US:
Jan 2014
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jan 2014


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
120 pages

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Reviews

"This brilliant work cannot fail to stimulate debate and advance understanding. It is gloriously replete with arguments from and about philosophy, biology, sociology and the course of our all too human history. The reasons for the grim longevity of war have rarely been more cogently explained or better illustrated by telling anecdote."
Colin Gray, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Reading

"A wide-ranging meditation on the embeddedness of war- in our cultures, our minds and our expectations - and its evolution by one of the subject's most erudite, informed and reflective scholars."
Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles

"Christopher Coker's new book is a masterpiece of erudite concision in which I learned something new on every page. He is not only Britain's leading philosopher of warfare, but a prolific historian who puts the competition to shame."
Michael Burleigh, author of Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and The Making of the Modern World

"From pre-modern city-state to post-modern cyberspace, Christopher Coker reminds us that war is a natural part of our human condition. Both idealists and realists will benefit from reading this small gem of a book from an outstanding scholar of the role of war in the history of ideas."
Michael Evans, General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies, Australian Defence College

"With searingly elegant prose, Professor Coker brings a vast array of ideas and events to bear on one of the most pressing issues of this or any other time.  A must-read book."
Steven Metz, Director of Research, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute

 

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Table of Contents

Prologue x

1 Evolution 1

2 Culture 17

3 Technology 34

4 Geopolitics 53

5 Peace 74

6 Humanity 90

Further Reading 109

Notes 114

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Author Information

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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