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The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History

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For five centuries, the State has evolved according to epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of fear and uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penet … weiterlesen
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Titel: The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History
Autor/en: Philip Bobbitt

ISBN: 0385721382
EAN: 9780385721387
Anchor Books.
Sprache: Englisch.
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September 2003 - kartoniert - 960 Seiten

Beschreibung

For five centuries, the State has evolved according to epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of fear and uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penetrate the defenses of any state? Visionary and prophetic, The Shield of Achilles looks back at history, at the "Long War” of 1914-1990, and at the future: the death of the nation-state and the birth of a new kind of conflict without precedent.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

™Foreword
Prologue

Book I—State of War

Introduction: Law, Strategy, and History

Part I—The Long War of the Nation-State
1. Thucydides and the Epochal War
2. The Struggle Begun: Fascism, Communism, Parliamentarianism, 1914-1919
3. The Struggle Continued: 1919-1945
4. The Struggle Ended: 1945-1990

Part II—A Brief History of the Modern State and its Constitutional Orders
5. Strategy and the Constitutional Order
6. From Princes to Princely States: 1494-1648
7. From Kingly States to Territorial States: 1648-1776
8. From State-Nations to Nation-States: 1776-1914
9. The Study of the Modern State

Part III—The Historic Consequences of the Long War
10. The Market-State
11. Strategic Choices
12. Strategy and the Market-State
13. The Wars of the Market-State: Conclusion to Book I Plates I-V


Book II—States of Peace

Introduction: The Origin of International Law in the Constitutional Order

Part I—The Society of Nation-States
14. Colonel House and a World Made of Law
15. The Kitty Genovese Incident and the War in Bosnia
16. The Death of the Society of Nation-States

Part II—A Brief History of the Society of States and the International Order
17. Peace and the International Order
18. The Treaty of Augsburg
19. The Peace of Westphalia
20. The Treaty of Utrecht
21. The Congress of Vienna
22. The Versailles Treaty
23. The Peace of Paris

Part III—The Society of Market-States
24. Challenges to the New International Order
25. Possible Worlds
26. The Coming Age of War and Peace
27. Peace in the Society of Market-States: Conclusion to Book II

Epilogue
Postscript: The Indian Summer
Appendix

A Note on Eurocentrism
A Note on Causality
A Note on Periodicity

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Portrait

Philip Bobbitt teaches constitutional law at the University of Texas, where he holds the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair. He was formerly the Anderson Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was a member of the Modern History faculty. He was later the Marsh Christian Fellow in War Studies at King's College, London. He has served as associate counsel to the president for intelligence and international security, legal counsel to the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, the counselor on international law at the Department of State, as well as director of intelligence, senior director for critical infrastructure, and senior director for strategic planning at the National Security Council. He has written several books on nuclear strategy, social choice, and constitutional law. He lives in Austin, Washington, and London.
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