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Blasts from the Past: War and Fracture in the International System

Bartelson, Jens LU (2016) In International Political Sociology 10(4). p.352-368
Abstract
This article is a brief inquiry into the changing meaning of war in Western political thought, with special reference to its role in fracturing the contemporary international system. I argue that contemporary debates about the changing nature of war have failed to note what I take to be the most important change in our understanding of war in recent decades—the return of the long-suppressed view that regards war as a productive force in human affairs. I substantiate this argument by showing how war was long believed to be productive of sociopolitical order in general, and of the modern state and the international system in particular. I then proceed to show how similar conceptions of war inform contemporary practices of military... (More)
This article is a brief inquiry into the changing meaning of war in Western political thought, with special reference to its role in fracturing the contemporary international system. I argue that contemporary debates about the changing nature of war have failed to note what I take to be the most important change in our understanding of war in recent decades—the return of the long-suppressed view that regards war as a productive force in human affairs. I substantiate this argument by showing how war was long believed to be productive of sociopolitical order in general, and of the modern state and the international system in particular. I then proceed to show how similar conceptions of war inform contemporary practices of military intervention and nation-building, and how the acceptance of this view among scholars has made them complicit in its legitimization and reproduction. (Less)
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International Political Sociology
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352 - 368
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John Wiley & Sons
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1749-5687
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10.1093/ips/olw019
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {352--368},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {International Political Sociology},
  title        = {Blasts from the Past: War and Fracture in the International System},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ips/olw019},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2016},
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