If you thought the point of war was to win, this book will make you think again. David Keen questions the model of war as a contest between two sides aiming at political and military victory, and he also rejects the contrasting view that war represents a collapse into anarchy, mindless violence and ethnic hatred.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 11th 2007 by Polity Press
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Keen's functionalist perspective contributes to the understanding of suffering, from where it emerges and why it persists. By considering the confluence of forces from both state and society and the coexistence of individual and universal experiences, Keen makes sense of a chaotic world. Practical, sensible, realistic, and sometimes downright depressing, this book will change the way you view injustice, poverty, violence, crime, corruption, inequality, and disaster.