The Changing Character of War (Paperback)
  • The Changing Character of War (Paperback)
zoom

The Changing Character of War (Paperback)

(editor), (editor)
£39.99
Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 12/09/2013
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 10 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Over the last decade (and indeed ever since the Cold War), the rise of insurgents and non-state actors in war, and their readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting, have led commentators to speak of 'new wars'. They have assumed that the 'old wars' were waged solely between states, and were accordingly fought between comparable and 'symmetrical' armed forces. Much of this commentary has lacked context or sophistication. It has been bounded by norms and theories more than the messiness of reality. Fed by the impact of the 9/11 attacks, it has privileged some wars and certain trends over others. Most obviously it has been historically unaware. But it has also failed to consider many of the other dimensions which help us to define what war is - legal, ethical, religious, and social. The Changing Character of War, the fruit of a five-year interdisciplinary programme at Oxford of the same name, draws together all these themes, in order to distinguish between what is really changing about war and what only seems to be changing. Self-evidently, as the product of its own times, the character of each war is always changing. But if war's character is in flux, its underlying nature contains its own internal consistency. Each war is an adversarial business, capable of generating its own dynamic, and therefore of spiralling in directions that are never totally predictable. War is both utilitarian, the tool of policy, and dysfunctional. This book brings together scholars with world-wide reputations, drawn from a clutch of different disciplines, but united by a common intellectual goal: that of understanding a problem of extraordinary importance for our times. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199688005
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 874 g
Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 33 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Added to basket
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Together
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Metazoa
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Life Lessons
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
Big Panda and Tiny Dragon
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Daily Stoic
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback
How the World Thinks
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Rebel Ideas
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Hood Feminism
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Four Thousand Weeks
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Myth of Sisyphus
Added to basket
Humankind
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Tyranny of Merit
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
A Little History of Philosophy
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.