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Confronting War An Examination of Humanity's Most Pressing Problem

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ISBN-10: 078641121X

ISBN-13: 9780786411214

Edition: 4th 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Ronald J. Glossop

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Ronald J. Glossop's study of war, now in its fourth edition, continues to ponder the insanity and irrationality of mankind's least attractive feature. This fourth edition proves that the end of the Cold War did nothing to end the threat of war.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 3/5/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

List of Illustrations, Maps, and Charts
Introduction to the War Problem
The Nature of the War Problem
The Importance of the War Problem
The Four Aspects of the War Problem
The Conceptual Framework
The Meaning of the Term "War"
An Alternative to War?
The Meaning of the Term "Peace"
The Meaning of the Term "Justice"
The "Just War" Concept
Further Reflections on Peace and Justice
The Historical Framework
The History of Warfare Between Sovereign States
Wars Since 1946
The Changing Nature of War
The Present Urgency of the War Problem
Causes of War
The Cause of War: General Considerations
Investigating the Cause of War
Individual Human Aggression
Individual Aggression and War
Group Competition and Group Identification
Arenas of Group Competition
Group Identification and Nationalism
Nationalism as a Cause of War
Other Views About Causes of War
Arms Races as a Cause of War
Military Planning as a Cause of War
Particular Villains as a Cause of War
War as an Effort to Suppress Internal Dissension
War as an Effort to Eliminate Injustice
The Absence of Peaceful Alternatives as a Cause of War
The Value of War
The Biological Value of War
The Technological Value of War
The Economic Value of War
The Psychological Value of War
The Social Value of War
The Moral Value of War
Will War Be Missed?
The Contemporary Situation
Ideological Aspects of the Contemporary Situation
Some Basic Distinctions
Capitalistic Democracy
Communism (Marx, Lenin, and Mao)
Fascism (National Socialism)
The "End of History" Thesis
Religion and War
National-Historical Aspects of the Contemporary Situation
The U.S. Perspective
The Russian Perspective
The Western European Perspective
The Japanese Perspective
The Chinese Perspective
The Less Developed Countries
Military Aspects of the Contemporary Situation
The Post-World War II Struggle for Power
Deterrence Theory
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Modern Nuclear Weaponry
Missile Defense Systems
Modern Non-Nuclear Weaponry
Weapons and War
Institutional Aspects of the Contemporary Situation
The Structure of the United Nations
U.N. Peacekeeping and Nation-Building
Dominant Influences in the United Nations
Accomplishments of the United Nations
Worldwide Functional Agencies
Regional Functional and Political Organizations
International Nongovernmental Organizations
Legal Aspects of the Contemporary Situation
The Nature of International Law
The Evolution of International Law
Laws of War
The Sources of International Law
Enforcing International Law
Proposals for Solving the War Problem
Reforming the Attitudes of Individuals
Interest in Social Issues Including International Affairs
Skepticism and Tolerance
Taking Personal Responsibility
Reluctance to Use Violence
Globalism and Humatriotism
World Citizenship
Looking Forward Rather Than Back
Overcoming Defeatism and Apathy
Reforming the Internal Operation of National Governments
The Western Approach
The Marxist Approach
The Gandhi-King Approach
Reforming the Policies of National Governments
Peace Through Military Strength
Peace Through Alliances
Peace Through Neutrality and Economic Self-Sufficiency
Peace Through Strictly Defensive Strength
Peace Through Civilian Defense
Peace Through Arms Control
Peace Through Renunciation of War
Peace Through Conciliatory Moves and Confidence-Building Measures
Peace Through Good Relations, Morality, and Cooperation
Peace Through Third-Party Involvement
Peace Through International Conflict Management
Peace Through Peace Research and Peace Education
Reforming the International System
Limiting National Sovereignty in Specific Situations
Consolidating Nations into Larger Units
World Government Through Federation
World Government Through Functionalism
World Government Through Direct Citizen Action
A Note to the Reader
Chapter Notes
Selected Bibliography
List of Illustrations, Maps, and Charts
"Let Us Beat Our Swords into Ploughshares"
"Seed Corn Must Not Be Ground"
Political Boundaries of Europe, 1914, 1920, 1947 (maps)
East Asia (map)
Israel, 1947, 1949, 1967, 1982 (maps)
Africa (map)
Latin America (map)
The Former Yugoslavia (map)
Ideological Terminology (chart)
Marx's Five Stages of Civilization (chart)
Europe Today (map)
Nuclear Weapons--1986, 1993, 2000 (chart)
Nuclear Weapons (chart)
Comparison of Confederation and Federation (chart)