War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History

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This new volume explores the theory and practice of war and peace in modern historical context.

In fifteen clear and concise chapters, this book hits the high and low points of international politics over a two hundred year period, plus a brief foray into the future out to 2025. War, Peace and International Relations serves as an excellent introduction to the international history of the past two centuries, showing how those two centuries were shaped and reshaped extensively by war. This book takes a broad view of what was relevant to the causes, courses, and consequences of wars.

This upper-level textbook is an invaluable resource for students of strategic studies, security studies, international relations and international history.

 

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Contents

Strategic history
1
1 Themes and contexts of strategic history
4
2 Carl von Clausewitz and the theory of war
15
The French Revolution and the Napoleonic way of war
31
A strategic view
51
Technology warfare and international order
61
Controversies
75
Modern warfare
85
Strategy and warfare
168
Politics and ideology
184
The nuclear revolution
205
An interwar decade
219
17 911 and the age of terror
235
Guerrillas insurgents and terrorists
245
19 War peace and international order
264
Must future strategic history resemble the past?
280

8 The twentyyear armistice 191939
99
9 The mechanization of war
115
The structure and course of total war
124
Understanding the war
143
Japan and the politics of empire
157
Glossary
282
Bibliography
285
Index
296
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About the author (2007)

Colin S. Gray is professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. He has published 20 books and innumerable journal articles.

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