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War has been a perennial feature of human history since ancient times, yet it remains a poorly understood phenomenon. It has done much to shape our world, from developing international governance, overthrowing leaders and inspiring social change, to destroying towns, dividing nations and breeding animosity.
In this book, Dr. Aaron Edwards draws on a wide array of historical episodes to convey the complexity and human face of war. With eyewitness testimonies from different times, places and cultures, War: A Beginner's Guide offers a comprehensive overview of the political theories involved and invites readers to question whether violence is the most effective way to resolve disputes.
Dr. Aaron Edwards is a senior lecturer in Defense and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is the author of several academic articles and publications, including Defending the Realm? The Politics of Britain’s Small Wars since 1945 (MUP, 2012), The Northern Ireland Conflict: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2010), Transforming the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: From Terrorism to Democratic Politics (IAP, 2008). He lives in the U.K.