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Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Nature of War Violence and Aggression War as Organized Violence A Paradox of War: Organization and Anarchy War as a Human Construct The Causes of War Explaining War Chapter 2: War of the Warrior The Horror of Battle Brutality Making Warriors Military Values Duty and Discipline Chapter 3: War of Armies Origins of Battle The Phalanx, the Fleet, and the Legion The Return of the Horse Military Revolution: Gunpowder The Birth of Total War: Napoleon's Revolution and the American Civil War A Century of War Explaining the Progress of War Chapter 4: War of Societies Conquest Genocide Strategic Bombing Nuclear Armageddon Chapter 5: How Wars Build Wars and Big Outcomes Militaries and the Individual Chapter 6: War and Society in the Twenty-First century The End of Empires The Limits of Firepower: Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq Who Will Serve? The Changing Demographics of the Military Conclusion References

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Miguel Angel Centeno is Musgrave Professor of Sociology and Professor of International Affairs Elaine Enriquez is a Research Fellow at Princeton University


"In this short, yet erudite and comprehensive book, Centeno and Enriquez show how warfare has shaped almost every aspect of social life. Written in clear and crisp prose, full of perceptive insights and backed up by robust evidence, this study makes a powerful case that sociological analysis is indispensable for the study of war." Sinisa Maleseviae, University College Dublin "In short, 'War and Society' is a very well written book that students with a higher level of ability could be steered towards in order to broaden their overall sociological understanding." BSA Sociology Teacher "Engagingly written with exceptional scholarship, this book also excels in coverage, accessibility, and significance. It may well be the best introduction to the sociology of war available." Choice "An interesting book based on a great deal of work but written in an enjoyable and student-friendly style, which offers a first diagnosis [...] leaving the door open to the development of new lines of investigation. But, above all, a book which avoids generalizations which sugar coat or manipulate the phenomenon of war." International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences "The book brings the social nature of war to the foreground, discussing the negative and positive aftermath and effects of war on culture and society. [...] This essential reading is recommended for social scientists interested in war as a primary object of study." Maximiliano E Korstanje, Univerisity of Palermo, Argentina.

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