War: A Cruel Necessity?: The Bases of Institutionalized Violence

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Robert A. Hinde, Helen Watson, Helene A. Watson
I.B.Tauris, Feb 15, 1995 - Political Science - 260 pages
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History is often presented in terms of a series of conquests and conflicts, a perpetual cycle of war and peace. As a result, there is rarely a focus on the socio-cultural dynamics and institutional mechanisms which maintain patterns of violence. This book examines the important questions which have often been ignored: how does war come to be seen as an acceptable way of solving conflict? How do combatants understand their roles in different situations of violence? What factors complicate the commonplace view that war is 'a cruel necessity'?
 

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Contents

War and the Institution of War
1
Introduction by the Editors
9
New Guinea
24
Unaccepted
37
Nationalist Imaginings of War in Cyprus
54
Pervasive Violence in Northern Ireland
68
Terror and Territory
80
Introduction by the Editors
99
The Knights of the Sky and the Myth
132
The Role of the Mass Media in Modern Wars
143
Introduction by the Editors
181
Economics and Conflict
196
Lack of Parliamentary Accountability and
208
The Arms Trade
224
Epilogue
238
Index
252

The Socialization of Children
106
On the Nature of War and the Nature of Militarism
118

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