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War studies

Class at Faculty of Social Sciences |


The course provides a reflection of the phenomenon of war. It is divided into three parts: philosohy of war, multidisciplinarity of war studies, political perspective on war. It starts with philosophical reflection on war in different cultures showing how the conceptualisations of war differ across time and cultures. Following this, it analyses war from a variety of perspectives including psychology, anthropology, law, sociology and economics. The political science perspective focuses on the research on causes of war.

1. Western philosophy of war

2. Non-European perspectives on war

3. Modern European perspectives

4. Future of war

5. Sex, agression and violence ? psychology and anthropology

6. Just and unjust wars ? legal and normative perspectives

7. Society and war ? sociology and economics

8. Causes of war ? alliances and distribution of power

9. Causes of war: domestic factors Literature: Basic literature: Diehl, Paul F., ed., (2005) War, vol. I, II, III. London: Sage Kurtz, Lester, ed., (1999) Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, vol. I, II, III. London: Academic Press Further reading: Coker, Christopher (2002) Waging War Without Warriors? The Changing Culture of Military Conflict. London: Rienner. Clausewitz, Carl von (1959) O válce. Praha: Naše vojsko,

1959. Ignatieff, Michael (2000) Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond. London : Chatto and Windus. Kahn, Herman (1962) Thinking about the Unthinkable. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. Keegan, John (1998) War and Our World : The Reith Lectures. London: Hutchinson,

1998. Suganami, Hidemi (1996) On the Causes of War. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Vasquez, John A. (2000) The War Puzzle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Waltz, Kenneth (1959) Man, the State and War : A Theoretical Analysis. New York : Columbia University.