Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Normality of War: Reading the History of Europe

Authors who wrote before 1950 regarded war as normal, something rather like bad weather. Many authors even thought it was healthy.

We do not yet understand how much even a short period of imperfect peace has changed us.

1 comment:

The Blog Fodder said...

The problem of course is nuclear weapons. Now war is for keeps. A country that has nuclear weapons (North Korea) is much safer than one which does not (Iraq). Having nucs AND the ability to deliver them to a populated Western centre such as Warsaw or Kyiv puts an aggressor in a strong position as the west values individual lives. Destruction of similar sized cities in Russia would simply be regarded as collateral damage.