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Author Keen, David, 1958-
Title Useful enemies : when waging wars is more important than winning them / David Keen.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]

Subject War -- Causes.
Protracted conflicts (Military science)
War -- Psychological aspects.
War crimes.
Violence -- Social aspects.
Politics and war.
Add Title When waging wars is more important than winning them
Description 1 online resource (vii, 311 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
Summary 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780300183719 (electronic bk.)
0300183712 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 801411089
Additional Format Print version: Keen, David, 1958- Useful enemies. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012 9780300162745 (DLC) 2012003457 (OCoLC)759174514