The Illusion of Victory : The True Cost of War
The Illusion of Victory demonstrates that most of the rewards of victory in modern warfare are either exaggerated or false. When the ostensible benefits of victory are examined a generation after a war, it becomes inescapably evident that the defeated belligerent rarely conforms to the demands and expectations of the victor. Consequently, long-term political and military stability is denied to both the victorious power and to the defeated one. As a result, neither victory nor defeat deter further outbreaks of war. This sobering reality is increasingly the case in the 20th and 21st centuries. Ian Bickerton persuasively argues that as the rhetoric of victory becomes more hollow all countries must adopt creative new approaches to resolving disputes.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
- 01 Jul 2011
- Melbourne University Press
- Carlton, Australia
""The Illusion of Victory" is a triumph of historical research and clear, cogent argument. It is one of the most revealing books about war in recent times." --Michael Mckernan, historian ""The Illusion of Victory" is Australia's wake up call. This book should be compulsory reading for politicians and voters alike." --Joseph M. Siracusa, professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy, Associate Dean of International & Justice Studies, RMIT "This exhaustive and scholarly appraisal of the social and political consequences of wars is sustained by Ian Bickerton's impressive skills as a historian." --Stuart Rees, AM, professor emeritus University of Sydney, director, Sydney Peace Foundation "A triumph of historical research and clear, cogent argument. It is one of the most revealing books about war in recent times." --Michael Mckernan, historian "Ian Bickerton persuasively argues that as the rhetoric of victory becomes more hollow all countries must adopt creative new approaches to resolving disputes." --"Campus Review" (April 5, 2011) "This is not just another book on the history of warfare. It's instead a clever and unusual analysis of how we have come to define 'victory.'" --"Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail" "Facts are marshaled by the legion and well deployed for the argument. . . . This is an interesting polemic that deserves to provoke debate." --"Canberra Times" (May 14, 2011)
About Ian J. Bickerton
Ian J. Bickerton is internationally known for his writings on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and he recently co-authored Unintended Consequences: The United States at War.