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Can War be Eliminated?
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Table of Contents

Prologue x

1 Evolution 1

2 Culture 17

3 Technology 34

4 Geopolitics 53

5 Peace 74

6 Humanity 90

Further Reading 109

Notes 114

About the Author

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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"This brilliant work cannot fail to stimulate debate and advanceunderstanding. It is gloriously replete with arguments from andabout philosophy, biology, sociology and the course of our all toohuman history. The reasons for the grim longevity of war haverarely been more cogently explained or better illustrated bytelling anecdote." Colin Gray, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at theUniversity of Reading "A wide-ranging meditation on the embeddedness of war- in ourcultures, our minds and our expectations - and its evolution by oneof the subject's most erudite, informed and reflectivescholars." Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield ofAchilles "Christopher Coker's new book is a masterpiece of erudite concisionin which I learned something new on every page. He is not onlyBritain's leading philosopher of warfare, but a prolific historianwho puts the competition to shame." Michael Burleigh, author of Small Wars, Faraway Places:Global Insurrection and The Making of the Modern World "From pre-modern city-state to post-modern cyberspace,Christopher Coker reminds us that war is a natural part of ourhuman condition. Both idealists and realists will benefit fromreading this small gem of a book from an outstanding scholar of therole of war in the history of ideas." Michael Evans, General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of MilitaryStudies, Australian Defence College "With searingly elegant prose, Professor Coker brings a vast arrayof ideas and events to bear on one of the most pressing issues ofthis or any other time. A must-read book." Steven Metz, Director of Research, U.S. Army War CollegeStrategic Studies Institute

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