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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (28 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052157790X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521577908
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The State, War, and the State of War is an is an intelligent and provocative discussion of the most serious international problem of our time. The book is also a pleasure to read. It is written in a clear and graceful style; the arguments are supplemented by relevant real-world examples. It would be an excellent choice as a supplemenatry text for upper level undergraduate or graduate courses. There is also a useful appendix, which lists and categorizes those disputes from 1945 to 1995 that qualify as wars under Holsti's criteria." Russell J. Leng, American Political Review

"...the book provides a nice bridge between old realism and new currents of thinking about war and peace. One must also admire the willingness of senior scholars such as Holsti, who have set the tone for generations of IR teaching and have persistently argued for the durability of realist accounts, to jettison their verities. One hopes that the doors he opens, but does not walk through, will be traversed by others." Keith Krause, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"...well-written exposition of a major current problem in world affairs, with a useful appendix on armed conflicts since 1945 and an exhaustive bibliography. The book will be useful...for some time to come." Paul Rich, Journal of World History

"...This is an unusually coherent and well written expostion of a major current problem in world affairs, with a useful appendix on armed conflicts since 1945 and an exhaustive bibliography." Paul Rich, Journal of World History

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Since 1945 the incidence of interstate war has been declining rapidly, while the incidence of internal war has been increasing. This book surveys some of the foundations of state legitimacy and demonstrates why many weak states will be the locales of war in the future. The author develops some ideas about conflict resolution and peace derived from such recent experiences of war.

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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 1998
Format: Paperback
As a student of Professor Holsti at the Univ. of BC, I could not help but to be impressed with this book. He gives an indepth historical survey of Mankind's war, then focuses on what he dubs as the "wars of the third kind" or low-intensity conflict. He documents case studies on each wars of the third kind, then focuses on what can be done to resolve this new type of conflict.

Two thumbs up, Professor Holsti!

Jeong Lee
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, but a bit bland... 27 Aug. 2003
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I have heard a lot of good things about Kal HOlsti, and I've seen his works cited in a lot of IR books. But I've got to say, I was a little disappointed with this book. There seems to be a lot of hype and not that much substance. Anyway, my thoughts on this book...
This book argues that the traditional ways of analyzing the international system and war are inappropriate in the context of intrastate conflict and wars. However, if this is the argument, then why isn't there more of an emphasis on new analytical tools? The first half of the book spends an inordinate amount of time going over basic IR notions and theories like Thomas Hobbes, the Westphalian system, Rousseau, Morgenthau and so on. Some of this book's observations seem a bit redundant. Like the colonial powers didn't intend their colonies to eventually become participatory democracies. Well, that's an obvious if redundant statement. I think I found this book a little dry because it still is Euro-centric and very theoretical even though it posits that Euro-centrism isn't necessarily the best way to view intrastate conflicts. However, I'm going to give Holsti another try and read another of his books.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Holsti is God! 24 Mar. 1998
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As a student of Professor Holsti at the Univ. of BC, I could not help but to be impressed with this book. He gives an indepth historical survey of Mankind's war, then focuses on what he dubs as the "wars of the third kind" or low-intensity conflict. He documents case studies on each wars of the third kind, then focuses on what can be done to resolve this new type of conflict.

Two thumbs up, Professor Holsti!

Jeong Lee
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