This book was originated from a conference on militarization in the context of goals, processes, and indicators of development held in May 1981. It analyzes the militarization trend, suggests ways in which it can be changed, seeks to understand what is going on, and searches for alternatives.
Part 1: The State of the Art 1. Military Formations and Social Formations: A Structural Analysis Part 2: Global Militarization: Crucial Trends and Links 2. Global Conflict Formations: Present Developments and Future Directions 3. War and the Power of Warmakers in Western Europe and Elsewhere, 1600–1980 4. The Urban Type of Society and International War Part 3: Local Experiences: Historical Dimensions 5. Militarization in Thai Society 6. Militarization and Political Institutions in Chile 7. The Ghanaian Experiments with Military Rule Part 4: The Search for Alternatives 8. Defense Without Threat: Switzerland's Security Policy 9. Conflict and Restraint: Poland, 1980–1982 10. Incompatibility, Militarization, and Conflict Resolution