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21st January, 2013

War Studies Annual Lecture: The Past and Future of War

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21st January, 2013
6.30 - 8pm
The Great Hall, King's College London
Free, but booking required
The Past and Future of War

Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory in the Department of War Studies. Professor Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College and a Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

Drawing on an original data set of war from 1648 to the present involving at least one great, rising or dominant power, Prof Lebow demonstrates that the concerns for standing, honour and revenge are by far the principal causes of war across four centuries.  His findings cast serious doubt on realist, power transition, Marxist and rationalist account of war.  They further indicate the power of ideas in shaping the extent to which security, material interests, standing and honour are seen as augmented or undermined by warfare.  He uses his analysis of changing actor understandings to make some forecasts about the future of war.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

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