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Liberalism and War

The Victors and the Vanquished, 1st Edition

By Andrew Williams


276 pages

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Military power is now the main vehicle for regime change. The US army has been used on more than 30 different occasions in the post-Cold War world compared with just 10 during the whole of the Cold War era.

Leading scholar Andrew Williams tackles contemporary thinking on war with a detailed study on liberal thinking over the last century about how wars should be ended, using a vast range of historical archival material from diplomatic, other official and personal papers, which this study situates within the debates that have emerged in political theory. He examines the main strategies used at the end, and in the aftermath, of wars by liberal states to consolidate their liberal gains and to prevent the re-occurrence of wars with those states they have fought.

This new study also explores how various strategies: revenge; restitution; reparation; restraint; retribution; reconciliation; and reconstruction, have been used by liberal states not only to defeat their enemies but also transform them. This is a major new contribution to contemporary thinking and action.

This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of politics, international relations and security studies.


'A study of high topicality..this richly argued, deeply researched and lucidly composed work can only advance a particularly pressing and vitally significant debate.' -International Affairs

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Roots of Liberalism and the First Great 22 Liberal Century 2. Twentieth Century Liberalism and Thinking about War and Peace, 1918 to the Present 3. Reparations 4. Reconstruction until the Marshall Plan 5. Reconstruction after the Marshall Plan 6. Retribution – The Logics of Justice and Peace 7. Restorative Justice and Reconciliation 8. Conclusion: Do Liberal Dilemmas Disable All Liberal Solutions to War? Bibliography

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New International Relations

The field of international relations has changed dramatically in recent years, with new subject matter being brought to light and new approaches from in and out of the social sciences being tried out. This series offers itself as a broad church for innovative work that aims to renew the discipline.


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