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War and Power in the Twenty-First Century: The State, Military Power and the International System (Themes for the 21st Century Series)

Paul Hirst

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ISBN 10: 0745625207 / ISBN 13: 9780745625201
Published by Polity, 2002
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Title: War and Power in the Twenty-First Century: ...

Publisher: Polity

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Future developments in war, armed conflict and internationalrelations are central to our collective fate in this century. Thisbook looks forward by considering the forces that will drivechanges in military organizations, sources of conflict, the powerof states and the nature of the international system.
New military technologies will alter how wars are fought and willinfluence the balance of power. Changes in the global environmentwill provide new causes of conflict and will change economicpriorities. As a result, the state will survive as the key socialinstitution and populations will look to it to acquire and todistribute scarce resources like water, energy and land. Many ofthe changes that seem transformatory today, like globalization, theinternet and mass consumerism, will be shown to be less significantthan we believe them to be.
Hirst puts such changes into perspective by comparing them with therevolutionary changes in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries inEurope: the firepower revolution, the rise of the sovereignterritorial state and the parallel development of the internationalsystem, and the creation of world trade. These basic structures ofthe modern world are still with us and will remain, despite majorchanges in twenty-first-century society.
This book will appeal to students of politics, political sociology& international relations as well as the interested generalreader.

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Paul Hirst is Professor of Social Theory, Birkbeck College, University of London

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