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WHY WE FIGHT: THE ROOTS OF WAR AND THE PATHS TO PEACE

An acclaimed expert on violence and seasoned peacebuilder explains the five reasons why conflict (rarely) blooms into war and how to interrupt that deadly process.

It s easy to overlook the underlying strategic forces of war to see it solely as a series of errors accidents and emotions gone awry. It s also easy to forget that war shouldn t happen-and most of the time it doesn t. Around the world there are millions of hostile rivalries yet only a tiny fraction erupt into violence. Too many accounts of conflict forget this.

With a counterintuitive approach Blattman reminds us that most rivals loathe one another in peace. That s because war is too costly to fight. Enemies almost always find it better to split the pie than spoil it or struggle over thin slices. So in those rare instances when fighting ensues we should ask: what kept rivals from compromise?

Why We Fight draws on decades of economics political science psychology and real-world interventions to lay out the root causes and remedies for war showing that violence is not the norm; that there are only five reasons why conflict wins over compromise; and how peacemakers turn the tides through tinkering not transformation.

From warring states to street gangs ethnic groups and religious sects to political factions there are common dynamics to heed and lessons to learn. Along the way we meet vainglorious European monarchs African dictators Indian mobs Nazi pilots British football hooligans ancient Greeks and fanatical Americans.

What of remedies that shift incentives away from violence and get parties back to deal-making? Societies are surprisingly good at interrupting and ending violence when they want to-even the gangs of Medellin Columbia do it. Realistic and optimistic this is book that lends new meaning to the old adage Give peace a chance.

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ISBN 9780241444511
Weight (kgs.) 0.48
Author BLATTMAN, CHRISTOPHER
Publisher PENGUIN GROUP (UK)
Publication Date Apr 21, 2022
Book Size (cm.) 15.3 x 23.4 x 2.9
Dimension Length(ยาว)(CM) 23.40
Dimension Width(กว้าง)(CM) 15.30
Dimension High(สูง/หนา)(CM) 2.90
Language English
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