The Monopoly of Violence : Why Europeans Hate Going to War Paperback / softback
Since 1945, the European states which had previously glamorised their military elites, and made going to war the highest expression of patriotism, have renounced violence as a way of settling their disputes.
Violence has been eclipsed as a tool of statesmen. This astonishing reversal is the subject of James Sheehan's masterly book.
It is also a timely reminder of the differences between Europe and America, at a time when the USA is asserting its right and duty to make war for ideological or self-interested ends. And how Europeans will live in this dangerous, violent world is a question that becomes ever more urgent as the chaos in the Middle East affects the stability of societies with open frontiers and liberal traditions.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 01/01/2007
- Category: International relations
- ISBN: 9780571220861