Colin Gray, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the University of Reading
"A wide–ranging meditation on the embeddedness of war– in our cultures, our minds and our expectations – and its evolution by one of the subject′s most erudite, informed and reflective scholars."
Philip Bobbitt, author of The Shield of Achilles
"Christopher Coker′s new book is a masterpiece of erudite concision in which I learned something new on every page. He is not only Britain′s leading philosopher of warfare, but a prolific historian who 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 our human condition. Both idealists and realists will benefit from reading this small gem of a book from an outstanding scholar of the role of war in the history of ideas."
Michael Evans, General Sir Francis Hassett Chair of Military Studies, Australian Defence College
"With searingly elegant prose, Professor Coker brings a vast array of ideas and events to bear on one of the most pressing issues of this or any other time. A must–read book."
Steven Metz, Director of Research, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute "This book will be of great value to those interested and engaged in the current philosophical, psychological, sociological and political debates regarding the nature, purpose and future prospects of war."
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