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The Resource War and ideas : selected essays, John Mueller

War and ideas : selected essays, John Mueller

Label
War and ideas : selected essays
Title
War and ideas
Title remainder
selected essays
Statement of responsibility
John Mueller
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book collects the key essays, together with updating notes and commentary, of Professor John Mueller on war and the role of ideas and opinions.Mueller has maintained that war (and peace) are, in essence, merely ideas, and that war has waned as the notion that 'peace' is a decidedly good idea has gained currency. The first part of the book extends this argument, noting that as ideas have spread, war is losing out not only in the developed world, but now in the developing one, and that even civil war is in marked decline. It also assesses and critiques theories arguing that this phenomenon is caused by the rising acceptance of democracy and/or capitalism.The second part argues that the Cold War was at base a clash of ideas that were seen to be threatening, not of arms balances, domestic systems, geography, or international structure. It also maintains that there has been a considerable tendency to exaggerate security threats currently, in particular, the one presented by international terrorism and to see them in excessively military terms.The third section deals with the role public opinion plays in foreign policy, and argues that many earlier conclusions about opinion during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, including especially ones concerning the importance of casualties in determining popular support for war, apply to more recent military ventures in the Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It also assesses the difficulties leaders and idea entrepreneurs often encounter when they try to manage or manipulate public opinion.This book will be of much interest to students of international relations, security studies, foreign policy and international history"-- Provided by publisher
  • "This book collects the key essays, together with updating notes and commentary, of Professor John Mueller on war and the role of ideas and opinions"-- Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
355.02
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JZ6385
LC item number
.M84 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
War and ideas : selected essays, John Mueller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 227 p.
Isbn
9780415781763
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010049139
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn635487220
  • (OCoLC)ocn752168357
Label
War and ideas : selected essays, John Mueller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 227 p.
Isbn
9780415781763
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2010049139
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn635487220
  • (OCoLC)ocn752168357

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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