Few words are more familiar than war and democracy. It is also arguable that few are more ambiguous. What exactly is meant by these words, and what are the relations between them? Developing several of the arguments of his pioneering "History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences" Peter T. Manicas here interrogates the historical meanigs of "war" and "democracy", and traces the pattern of their interconnections within a variety of exemplary contexts, including ancient Greece, renaissance Italy, revolutionary France and Weimar Germany. In so doing, the author contributes to an explanation of our present situtaion, in which entire populations who have no say in the decision to go to war may be subject to enormous suffering and sacrifice. The problem of "democracy", construed as an ideal, cannot be solved, it is argued, until there is a solution to the problem of war. Conversely, the human blight of war will not be over until mankind achieves some significant steps in the direction of greater democracy.
Part 1 War and democracy in ancient Greece: the invention of politics; war, stasis and empire. Part 2 Early modern war and state formation: Machiavelli and the imperatives of modern politics; monarchies, despotisms and peaceful republics. Part 3 Modern war and modern democracy: the American war of independence; the invention of modern democracy; politics and war in the New United States; Jefferson and the revolution of 1800. Part 4 Absolute war and social democracy: the revolution in France and the revolution in war; revolution and war - Marx and Engels. Part 5 The Great War and the mass state: Bolshevism and the question of democracy; Weimar Germany and the great war; American democracy - a new spirit in the world.
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 2nd November 1989
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.1
Weight (kg): 0.83