War and Peace in the Western Political Imagination: From Classical Antiquity to the Age of Reason by Roger ManningWar and Peace in the Western Political Imagination: From Classical Antiquity to the Age of Reason by Roger Manning

War and Peace in the Western Political Imagination: From Classical Antiquity to the Age of Reason

byRoger Manning

Hardcover | March 24, 2016

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The study of war in all periods of prehistory and recorded history has always commanded the attention of historians, dramatists, poets and artists. The study of peace has, however, not yet gained a comparable readership, and the subject is attracting an increasing amount of scholarly research. This volume presents the first work of academic research to tackle this imbalance head on. It looks at war and peace through the ages, from the Classical world through to the 18th century. It considers the nature and advocacy of war and peace both from an historical perspective but also a philosophical one, particularly looking at how universal peace, which began as a personal philosophy, became over the centuries a political philosophy that underpins much of modern society's attitudes towards warfare and militarism. Roger Manning begins his journey through history by looking at the Greek martial ethos and philosophical concepts of peace and war in the ancient world; moving through the Roman empire's military advances, he explores the concepts of war and peace in the medieval world and the Renaissance, with the writing of Machiavelli and Erasmus; finally, his account of the search for a science of peace in the 17th and 18th centuries brings the book to its conclusion.
Roger B. Manning is Emeritus Professor of History, Cleveland State University, USA. He has published widely on British and military history, including An Apprenticeship in Arms (2006) and Swordsmen: The Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms (2003).
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Title:War and Peace in the Western Political Imagination: From Classical Antiquity to the Age of ReasonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:March 24, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1474258700

ISBN - 13:9781474258708

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Legacy of Classical Antiquity 2. War and Peace in the Medieval World 3. Holy Wars, Crusades and Religious Wars 4. Humanism and Neo-Stoicism 5. The Search for a Science of Peace Conclusion Appendix: The 'Sinews of War' Glossary Bibliography Index

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[An] important achievement in its ambition to trace peace thinking through the ages . Manning's book is full of interesting observations and learned reflections. It is a pleasure to read . [This] is a timely volume which should find its place in any syllabus on peace, or on war, for that matter.