The End of Warfare?

Publication type Article
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Affiliation: University College, Dublin
Address: Ireland, Dublin
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 9

The recent scholarship on warfare has been highly polarised around the question: Is organised violence on the rise or in decline? In this paper I critically examine the two dominant approaches - the new war thesis, and the decline of violence perspective - which offer contrasting answers to this question. The paper challenges both of these perspectives and develops an alternative, longue durée sociological approach, that focuses on the macro-organisational social context and explores the dynamics of the war-state-society nexus over the past centuries. I argue that warfare is not becoming obsolete and that ‘new wars’ are unlikely to completely replace inter-state warfare. Instead, my analysis indicates that there is more organisational continuity in the contemporary warfare that either of the two dominant perspectives is willing to acknowledge.

Keywordssociology of war, historical sociology, organised violence, war
AcknowledgmentThis article was translated into Russian and published: Малешевич С. Конец войне? Социологический анализ основных подходов к изучению войны // Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniia. 2021. No 9: 80–93. DOI: 10.31857/S013216250016091-3
Publication date27.09.2021
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