By Roger Manning

The learn of conflict in all sessions of prehistory and recorded historical past has constantly commanded the eye of historians, dramatists, poets and artists. The learn of peace has, although, now not but won a related readership, and the topic is attracting an expanding volume of scholarly research.

This quantity offers the 1st paintings of educational learn to take on this imbalance head on. It seems to be at battle and peace in the course of the a long time, from the Classical international via to the 18th century. It considers the character and advocacy of battle and peace either from an ancient viewpoint but in addition a philosophical one, really how common peace, which begun as a private philosophy, grew to become over the centuries a political philosophy that underpins a lot of contemporary society's attitudes in the direction of battle and militarism.

Roger Manning starts off his trip via background by means of the Greek martial ethos and philosophical strategies of peace and struggle within the old global; relocating throughout the Roman empire's army advances, he explores the thoughts of warfare and peace within the medieval international and the Renaissance, with the writing of Machiavelli and Erasmus; eventually, his account of the quest for a technological know-how of peace within the seventeenth and 18th centuries brings the ebook to its conclusion.

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