Why we fight : the roots of war and the paths to peace
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New York : Viking, [2022].
ISBN
9781984881571
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388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Published
New York : Viking, [2022].
Format
Book
Language
English
ISBN
9781984881571

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-370) and index.
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"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 do it. Realistic and optimistic, this is book that lends new meaning to the old adage, "Give peace a chance.""--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Blattman, C. (2022). Why we fight: the roots of war and the paths to peace . Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Blattman, Christopher. 2022. Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace. Viking.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Blattman, Christopher. Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace Viking, 2022.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Blattman, Christopher. Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace Viking, 2022.

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