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Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Peace and War: Armed Conflicts and International Order, 1648-1989 Series Number 14 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in International Relations: Peace and War: Armed Conflicts and International Order, 1648-1989 Series Number 14 (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 26/04/1991
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In this book, Professor Holsti approaches the study of the origins of war and the foundations of peace from a distinct perspective. He asks three interrelated questions. Which issues generate conflict? How have attitudes towards war changed? And, what attempts have been made historically to create international orders and institutions that can manage, control or prevent international conflicts? Starting with the peace treaties of Munster and Osnabruck of 1648, Kalevi Holsti examines 177 international wars. Through these, he identifies the variety of conflict-producing issues and how they, as well as the attitudes of policy makers to the use of force, have changed over the last 350 years. He demonstrates how the orders established by the great peacemaking efforts of 1648, 1713, 1815, 1919 and 1945 attempted to solve the issues of the past, yet few successfully anticipated those of the future. Indeed, some created the basis of fresh conflicts.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521399296
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this book is an important contribution that will be useful to both students and colleagues. It is clearly organized and eminently readable. The scale of it forces one to think across a broad sweep of history, and to consider some key-scale trends.' International Affairs
"The study's broad scope and its accessibility render it an admirable student text. ... It is not only its findings, but also its methods which pose an interesting challenge to the prevailing modes of analysis in international relations." International Journal
"Holsti's approach is also salient: transcending the simple empiricism of so many US scholars of international relations during the 1960s, 1970s and even the 1980s; rejecting all mono-causal explanations of war and casting doubt upon sociological accounts of international conflict and violence. Politics, for Holsti 'is purposeful activity' and the study of international politics can thus be recovered as a humanistic discipline." R.J. Barry Jones, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Combined with its astute investigation of the attitudes of the statesman, the empirical findings of this pioneering work make this book rich ground for subsequent theory development...A full incorporation of other approaches to world politics with the splendid empirical assessments of this volume promises many further insights into the cause and results of aspirations to world order." American Political Science Review

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