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The worth of war, Benjamin Ginsberg

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The worth of war
Title
The worth of war
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Ginsberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are generally held to represent progress. These include rationality, technological and economic development, and liberal forms of government. Contrary to common perceptions that war is the height of irrationality, Ginsberg persuasively demonstrates that in fact it is the ultimate test of rationality. He points out that those societies best able to assess threats from enemies rationally and objectively are usually the survivors of warfare. History also clearly reveals the technological benefits that result from war--ranging from the sundial to nuclear power. And in regard to economics, preparation for war often spurs on economic development; by the same token, nations with economic clout in peacetime usually have a huge advantage in times of war. Finally, war and the threat of war have encouraged governments to become more congenial to the needs and wants of their citizens because of the increasing reliance of governments on their citizens' full cooperation in times of war. However deplorable the realities of war are, the many fascinating examples and astute analysis in this thought-provoking book will make readers reconsider the unmistakable connection between war and progress"--
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Ginsberg, Benjamin
Dewey number
303.6/6
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.D4
LC item number
G534 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • War
  • War and society
  • Economic development
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
  • Economic development
  • War and society
  • War
Label
The worth of war, Benjamin Ginsberg
Link
9781616149505.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869904774
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781616149505
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014012136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)869904774
  • (Sirsi) a1835067
Label
The worth of war, Benjamin Ginsberg
Link
9781616149505.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869904774
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
256 pages
Isbn
9781616149505
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014012136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)869904774
  • (Sirsi) a1835067

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