Shield of Achilles War, Peace, and the Course of History

ISBN-10: 0385721382
ISBN-13: 9780385721387
Edition: 2002
Authors: Philip Bobbitt
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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 960
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

For five centuries, the State has evolved according to epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of fear and uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penetrate the defenses of any state? Visionary and prophetic, The Shield of Achilles looks back at history, at the “Long War” of 1914-1990, and at the future: the death of the nation-state and the birth of a new kind of conflict without precedent.

Philip Bobbitt teaches constitutional law at the University of Texas, where he holds the A.W. Walker Centennial Chair. He served as associate counsel to the President for intelligence and international security, Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, and Counselor on International Law at the Department of State. He lives in Austin, Texas.

™Foreword
Prologue
Book I—State of War
Introduction: Law, Strategy, and History
The Long War of the Nation-State
Thucydides and the Epochal War
The Struggle Begun: Fascism, Communism, Parliamentarianism, 1914-1919
The Struggle Continued: 1919-1945
The Struggle Ended: 1945-1990
A Brief History of the Modern State and its Constitutional Orders
Strategy and the Constitutional Order
From Princes to Princely States: 1494-1648
From Kingly States to Territorial States: 1648-1776
From State-Nations to Nation-States: 1776-1914
The Study of the Modern State
The Historic Consequences of the Long War
The Market-State
Strategic Choices
Strategy and the Market-State
The Wars of the Market-State: Conclusion to Book I Plates I-V
Book II—States of Peace
Introduction: The Origin of International Law in the Constitutional Order
The Society of Nation-States
Colonel House and a World Made of Law
The Kitty Genovese Incident and the War in Bosnia
The Death of the Society of Nation-States
A Brief History of the Society of States and the International Order
Peace and the International Order
The Treaty of Augsburg
The Peace of Westphalia
The Treaty of Utrecht
The Congress of Vienna
The Versailles Treaty
The Peace of Paris
The Society of Market-States
Challenges to the New International Order
Possible Worlds
The Coming Age of War and Peace
Peace in the Society of Market-States: Conclusion to Book II
Epilogue Postscript: The Indian Summer Appendix
A Note on Eurocentrism
A Note on Causality
A Note on Periodicity
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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