Julian Lindley-French and Yves Boyer

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations


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This article focuses on different dimensions of war. It offers to present in subsequent articles the perspectives of some of the most respected senior academics, policy-makers, and practitioners on two simple questions—how to avoid war, but if war must be fought, how to end it quickly. There is a need for war to be better understood, not just from one political, cultural, or technical angle, but from many other perspectives. The article describes at length the organization of the book. The book is divided into ten analyses of war such as the fundamental causes of war; the moral and legal aspects of war; theories on the practice of war; the strategic conduct of war; and non-Western ways of war.

Keywords: war; academics; policy-makers; practice of war; strategic conduct; theories of war

Article.  6680 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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