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The shield of Achilles : war, peace and the course of history

By: Bobbitt, Philip

0141007559 / 9780141007557
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20 cm xxxii, 922 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf; London: Allen Lane, 2002.

This work sets out to reinterpret the history of the 20th century as a long war in which conditions of outright military confrontation or of frantic "cold" competition lasted from the outbreak of World War I until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He goes on to argue that this long experience of war has brought about a fundamental change in the constitutional basis of states, and explores this idea through the notion of the "market state".

By clarifying the relationship between constitutional settlements and military power, and by drawing on his firsthand experience in the heart of superpower planning, Bobbitt reveals a new way of understanding the past - and an awesome glimpse of the future.


3JJ 20th century, HBG General & world history, HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, JPA Political science & theory, JW Warfare & defence

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