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The Future of War

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ISBN13: 9789041113993
ISBN: 9041113991
Published: May 2000
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Paperback
Price: £146.00

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The 20th century has ended as it began. A deeply divided world is besieged by nagging questions and beset by the threat of violence. What will be the future of war? Has it been abolished? Is it simply redundant or has it undergone a grim metamorphosis? Just the same questions were being asked 100 years ago, urgently, by world leaders. Invited jointly by Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands and Tsar Nicolas II the last Tsar they gathered at The Hague Peace Conference in 1899 to try to abolish war. They failed, just as the Tsar's chief adviser said that they would. Jan Bloch was a Polish railway tycoon, philanthropist and polymath. He predicted with chilling accuracy the nature of the World War shortly to come, just as he predicted that he would not be believed.;On the occasion of its centenary, his great book, The Future of War, is re-examined in this book of the same name. A group of the most eminent thinkers in modern security studies have revisited Bloch's questions in light of the experience of Bloch's bloody century. This deeply penetrating and reflective book engages key issues upon which the choices of peace and war will depend in the 21st century. The text should be of interest to all students of international relations, security studies, modern social and political sciences. It is also intended a primer for world political leaders who today carry the responsibilities of those who gathered and failed at The Hague Peace Conference in 1899. The authors are: Mohammed Ayoob; Christoph Bertram; Carl Bildt; Jutta Birmele; Jan Bloch (in conversation with William Stead); Martin van Creveld; Francis Deng; Peter van den Dungen; Lawrence Freedman; Pierre Hassner; John Keegan; Klaus-Peter Klaiber; Peter Kooijmans; Edward Luttwak; Gwyn Prins; General Sir Michael Rose; Hylke Tromp; Andrei Werner; HRH Prince Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange.

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P. Kooijmans. A conversation with Jan Bloch (1899); The Imperial Rescript, May 1898; The Second Imperial Circular, December 1898; Queen Wilhemina's Invitation to The Hague Peace Conference, April 1899. List of Contributors. Foreword; P. Kooijmans. Introduction.
1. Editors' introduction.
2. Conversations with Jan Bloch (1899) and Bloch's Preface to his own book (1898).
3. The Imperial Rescript, May 1898; The Second Imperial Circular, December 1898.
4 HRH Prince Willem-Alexander, the Prince of Orange, Jan Bloch in the century's context. Part I: Jan Bloch in his Own Time.
5. From St Petersburg to The Hague: Bloch and the First Hague Peace Conference (1899); P. van den Dungen.
6. Bloch the man: a biographical appreciation; A. Werner.
7. Bloch's influence among the German anti-war dissidents; J. Birmele. Part II: Transformation in the International Order.
8. International organisations in the quest for peace; C. Bildt.
9. From independence to interdependence: the end of sovereignty? C. Bertram.
10. Out of Africa: the fate of the state and the international system; F. Deng.
11. State making, state failure and the revolution in military affairs; M. Ayoob. Part III: Transformation of War. Three contrasting views at the large scale.
12. A brief history of warfare -- past, present, future; J. Keegan.
13. The peace-bringing powers of war; E. Luttwak.
14. The indispensable nuclear weapon; M. van Creveld. Changing potentials and purposes.
15. Beyond war and totalitarianism: the new dynamics of violence; P. Hassner.
16. Civil and uncivil wars; G. Prins. Implications for practice.
17. Revolutions in military affairs; L. Freedman. The art of military intervention; M. Rose. (Part contents)