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The Monopoly of Violence : Why Europeans Hate Going to War, Paperback / softback Book

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:
  • Category: International relations
  • ISBN: 9780571220861



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