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The New Wars


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1. What is new about the new wars?.

2. Warfare, state-building and the Thrity Years War.

3. The statization of war.

4. The economics of force in the new wars.

5. International terrorism.

6. Military interventions and the West's dilemma.



About the Author

Herfried Munkler is Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University, Berlin.


"Munkler achieves an astonishingly rich description of the multifarious facets of post-modern warfare, which simultaneously explores the conditions of the nation state as such. This highly readable book contains much insight into the nature of the stubborn conflicts that plague the world today."
Political Studies Review

"Munkler helpfully sets out three ways in which the emergence of 'new wars' is framed by globalisation and relates to the high-tech war ... In so doing, he clearly sets out some of the global trends, and systematically demonstrates the relationship between 'new' forms of warfare, Western war, and the forces of globalisation."
Australian Journal of Political Science

"A good overview of the 'new wars': mainly intrastate wars that are characterized by the breakdown and failure of the state."
International Affairs

"The concept of new wars has been controversial, not least because of the many features they share with old wars. Herfried Munkler understands this, especially the comparison with wars of the pre-modern era, and so is able to make more sense of the concept than most. Not only is this book full of sharp analysis, it also brings insights from contemporary German scholarship to the notice of English language readers."
Lawrence Freedman, King's College London

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