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War : Oxford Readers - Lawrence Freedman

War

Oxford Readers

By: Lawrence Freedman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th April 1994
ISBN: 9780192892546
Number Of Pages: 400

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War, despite its indisputably horrific nature, has shaped the international system, prompted social and technological change, and inspired the arts. This insightful book captures fully the ubiquitous and multifaceted character of war, featuring accounts by generals, soldiers, historians, strategists, and poets, who consider conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to Bosnia. Firsthand accounts vividly evoke the French infantry experience at Waterloo, a Union-Confederate skirmish at Gettysburg, the reflections of a German seaman at Jutland, one civilian's impressions of the Blitz, the trials of a Japanese doctor in the wake of the Atom Bomb's obliteration of Nagasaki, the confusion of Vietnam, and more. A broad range of questions are addressed: What are the causes of war? Which strategic as well as moral principles guide its conduct, and how have these changed? Has total war become unthinkable? What is the nature of contemporary conflict? How is war experienced by those on the front line? With contributions by leading scholars, and edited by one the most oft-quoted and prolific of military experts, this reader offers a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of one of humankind's oldest and most controversial preoccupations.

Industry Reviews

'This prose anthology of war is a delight for specialists and general readers alike. It works particularly well for dippers like myself. I found I was opening it at random, reading a couple of essays, becoming absorbed, reading more, opening at another point, repeating the process and so on. I shall return to it many times in the future.' Sir Anthony Parsons International Relations Vol XII No 2 Aug '94 'Collections of extracts about war in general or particular wars are nothing new, but this one seems original in its attempted comprehensiveness. It is called an "Oxford Reader", and it will no doubt make a very serviceable one for students the whole world over.' Times Literary Supplement

General Introduction, Law
The Experience of War
Introduction
A Royal Naval Rating at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
A French Infantryman at Waterloo, 18 June 1815
A Union-Confederate Infantry Skirmish at Gettysburg, 1863
A British Soldier Fighting the Mahdists in the Sudan, 1885
A German Seaman at the Battle of Jutland, June 1916
An Infantry Officer at the Battle of the Somme, July 1916
A Spanish Republican Official at the Siege of Madrid, November 1936
The Collapse of the Franco-British-Belgian Armies in Belgium, May 1940
Living Through the Blitz, 1940
The Destruction of Two U-Boats, March 1941
Defeat In The Battle of Alamein, November 1942
The End of the Warsaw Ghetto, January 1943
Bombing Duisburg, October 1944
A Doctor at Nagasaki, August 1945
China Enters the Korean War, November 1950
President Kennedy and the Cuban Crisis
The Fresh Kill, Vietnam 1967
Attacking the Sir Galahad, June 1982
On the Sir Galahad
Covering Grenada
A Soviet Soldier Defects, Afghanistan 1983
The Start of Desert Storm, January 1991
Ethnic Cleansing in Bosnia, June 1992
The Causes of War
Introduction
Definitions of War
Man, the State, and War
Biological and Psychological Roots
Geopolitics
WHy Men Fight
Four Kinds of War
Wars of Gain, Fear, and Doctrine
Hegemonic War and the International Change
Socialism and War
Structural Factors
Liberal States and War
War and the Military Establishment
Introduction
States and Military Power in Social Theory
The Bureaucratization of Force
The Military Professional
The Military and Politics
Mass Armed Forces in Decline
Feminism's War with War
Armed FOrces in a Warless Society
Desertion in the American Civil War
Undermining German Morale
Military Cohesion
The Ethics of War
Introduction
Two Poems
The Pacifism of Absolute Principle
Pacific-ism
Six Principles of Political Realism
Why Bush Went to War
Sieges
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann
Barrie Paskins The Responsiblities of Defense Scientists
Just-War Doctrine and Revolutionary War
Intervention
Vietnam and Nuremburg
Strategy
Introduction
The Logic of Strategy
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ISBN: 9780192892546
ISBN-10: 0192892541
Series: Oxford Readers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 7th April 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51

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