When waging wars is more important than winning them
1 online resource (vii, 311 pages)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Resource wars -- Aiding resource wars? -- Vietnam: useful enemies and useless allies -- Afghanistan -- The political functions of war -- Wars within wars -- The politics of permanent emergency -- Case study of a permanent emergency: the United States -- Shame and the psychological functions of violence -- Conclusion.
Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources. He asks who benefits from wars-- whether economically, politically, or psychologically-- and argues that in order to bring them successfully to an end we need to understand the complex vested interests on all sides.
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