Modern War: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2013

byRichard English

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Warfare is the most dangerous threat faced by modern humanity. It is also one of the key influences that has shaped the politics, economics, and society of the modern period. But what do we mean by modern war? What causes modern wars to begin? Why do people fight in them, why do they end, andwhat have they achieved? In this accessible and compelling Very Short Introduction, Richard English explores the assumptions we make about modern warfare and considers them against the backdrop of their historical reality. Drawing on the wide literature available, including direct accounts of the experience of war, English provides an authoritative account of modern war: its origins, evolution, dynamics, and current trends.

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Warfare is the most dangerous threat faced by modern humanity. It is also one of the key influences that has shaped the politics, economics, and society of the modern period. But what do we mean by modern war? What causes modern wars to begin? Why do people fight in them, why do they end, andwhat have they achieved? In this accessible ...

Richard English is Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, at the University of St Andrews. His books have won numerous Awards and include Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003), Irish Freedom: The History of Nati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199607893

ISBN - 13:9780199607891

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AcknowledgementsList of illustrations and mapsIntroduction1. What is modern war?2. What causes modern wars to begin?3. What has the experience of modern war involved?4. What have modern wars achieved?Conclusion: war, terrorism, and the futureReferencesFurther reading