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War and Our World John Keegan, widely considered the greatest military historian of our time and the author of acclaimed volumes on ancient and modern warfare including, most recently, The First World War , a national bestseller distills what he knows about the why s and how s of armed conflict into a series of brilliantly concise essaysIs war a natural condition of humankind What are the origins of war Is the modern state dependent on warfare How does war affect the individual, combatant or noncombatant Can there be an end to war Keegan addresses these questions with a breathtaking knowledge of history and the many other disciplines that have attempted to explain the phenomenon The themes Keegan concentrates on in this short volume are essential to our understanding of why war remains the single greatest affliction of humanity in the twenty first century, surpassing famine and disease, its traditional companions War and Our World is quite a nice little book on an ugly subject, written with British charm and understatement, balancing the huge loss of lives and money with personal feelings of anguish and despair Keegan uses not just a great eye toward history but involves sciences, poetry and stories from the most regular people The scope is vast for a small lecture series, covering thousands of years, dozens of conflicts, and the shifting ideals of Western statecraft He notes, for instance, that only War and Our World is quite a nice little book on an ugly subject, written with British charm and understatement, balancing the huge loss of lives and money with personal feelings of anguish and despair Keegan uses not just a great eye toward history but involves sciences, poetry and stories from the most regular people The scope is vast for a small lecture series, covering thousands of years, dozens of conflicts, and the shifting ideals of Western statecraft He notes, for instance, that only relatively recently in human history has war become a greater scourge or fear than disease or starvation So, why do people fight, and why are they fightingoften andviolently Is war natural, and if so, is that because violence or conflict is natural How did war even begin, and how has it changed into today s terror Since the structures of states have changed, how have those relationships between states and war changed Since the nature of people has not changed, how have their experiences of war evolved And, most importantly, can there be an end to war To that last question Keegan responds with distinctly not neo conservative wisdom If we hope to see war driven towards its end, we must not shrink from seeing its causes addressed 74 This short, 74 page volume, was originally presented as a series of lectures on the BBC Ultimately disappointing perhaps because the transcript of a series of lectures written to be heard cannot serve as well as a series of essays written to be read.Keegan is an esteemed writer of military history I was awed by his history of World War One Here he tries, with some success, to discuss why war happens He expounds on the most prevalent theories and comes to the conclusion that nobody really kn This short, 74 page volume, was originally presented as a series of lectures on the BBC Ultimately disappointing perhaps because the transcript of a series of lectures written to be heard cannot serve as well as a series of essays written to be read.Keegan is an esteemed writer of military history I was awed by his history of World War One Here he tries, with some success, to discuss why war happens He expounds on the most prevalent theories and comes to the conclusion that nobody really knows.The last Chapter, War and the Individual , is the most compelling and left me both frightened and hopeful I was left pondering, not only the nature of war but also the nature of humankind A worthwhile exercise, I believe Lectures are silly in book form.

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