Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars

Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars

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Edited by Padraig O'Malley, Edited by Paul L. Atwood, Edited by Patricia R. Peterson, By (author) J. Brian Atwood, By (author) Susan J. Atwood, By (author) John Cooley, By (author) Romeo Dallaire, By (author) Ramu Damodaran, By (author) Valerie Epps, By (author) Michael J. Glennon

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  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Massachusetts
  • ISBN 10: 1558495347
  • ISBN 13: 9781558495340

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Albert Einstein famously remarked that he did not know what weapons would be used in World War III, but World War IV would be fought with sticks and stones. In this volume, a distinguished group of scholars, government officials, politicians, journalists, and statesmen examine what can be learned from the wars of the twentieth century, and how that knowledge might help us as we step ever so perilously into the twenty-first. Following an introduction by Padraig O'Malley, the book is divided into four sections: Understanding the World as We Have Known It; Global Uncertainties; Whose Values? Whose Justice?; and Shaping a New World. The first section reviews what we have learned about war and establishes benchmarks for judging whether that knowledge is being translated into changes in the behaviour of our political cultures. It suggests that the world's premier superpower, in its effort to promote Western-style democracy, has taken steps that have inhibited rather than facilitated democratization. The second section examines the war on terror and the concept of global war. From the essays in this section emerges a consensus that democracy as practiced in the West cannot be exported to countries with radically different cultures, traditions, and values. The third section visits the question of means and ends in the context of varying value systems and of theocracy, democracy, and culture. In the final section, the focus shifts to our need for global institutions to maintain order and assist change in the twenty-first century. Although each contributor comes from a different starting point, speaks with a different voice, and has a different ideological perspective, the essays reach startlingly similar conclusions. In sum, they find that the West has not absorbed the lessons from the wars of the last century, and is inadequately prepared to meet the new challenges that now confront us.

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PADRAIG O'MALLEY is editor of the New England Journal of Public Policy and author of Uncivil Wars: Ireland Today. PAUL L. ATWOOD is lecturer in American studies and research associate at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, University of Massachusetts Boston. PATRICIA PETERSON is managing editor of the New England Journal of Public Policy.