The Norms of War

The Norms of War : Cultural Beliefs and Modern Conflict

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Although the horrors of war are manifest, academic debate is dominated by accounts that reinforce the concept of warfare as a rational project. Seeking to explain this paradox - to uncover the motivations at the core of warring communities - Theo Farrell explores the cultural forces that have shaped modern Western conflict. Farrell finds that the norms of war, shared beliefs about what is right and what works, are created and embraced not only by polities and military organizations, but also by constituencies throughout civil society. Culture, he demonstrates, accounts for all core areas of military activity and at every level, sometimes with puzzling results. Tracing the lineage of the modern military and ranging from historical examples to charged contemporary issues, this provocative book goes to the heart of the relationship between society and more

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  • Hardback | 235 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 430.92g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 1588263614
  • 9781588263612
  • 1,924,366

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A powerful and incisive work that is breathtaking in its intellectual sweep and multidisciplinary ambition. - Thomas Berger, Boston Universityshow more

About Theo Farrell

Theo Farrell is senior lecturer in international security at the University of Exeter. He is author of Weapons Without a Cause: The Politics of Weapons Acquisition in the United States and co editor (with Terry Terriff) of The Sources of Military Change: Culture, Politics, more

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