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Conflict, Culture, And History Regional Dimensions

By Blank, Stephen J.

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Preface: The nation-state is the concept from which the modern Western political order has been constructed. This political order accounts, in turn, for the particular ways countries relate to each other, ideally under a regime of international law which, by delimiting the boundaries between war and peace, has established a theoretical and practical measure for the stability of nations. Because these boundaries have been institutionalized by law, the modern Western political order has evolved in an atmosphere of relative peace. At least such has been the case until the latter part of this century. Under the influence of the third-world independence movements and the breakup of the communist monolith, the absolute validity of the concept of the nation-state may have been reaffirmed for the creation of durable political communities. Yet many European countries still remain uncomfortable with the concept of the nation-state as an organizing principle for the polis and have reverted to older ethnic and religious ways of defining national life. As a result, the boundaries determining war and peace among peoples and between nations are becoming progressively more fluid. It is a supreme historical irony that the concept of the nation-state, with its demand that loyalty to the state supersede loyalty to narrower ethno-religious identities, has been generalized to areas of the non-Western world where the nation-state is sometimes an alien proposition but where it, nevertheless, constitutes the basis for international relationships.

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Table of Contents: Foreword, V - About the Authors, Vii - Preface, Ix - Acknowledgments, X111 - Introduction, Xv - Class War On A Global Scale: - The Leninist Culture of Political Conflictdr - Stephen J. Blank, 1 - Erosion of the Nation-State System, 3 - Lenin's Revolutionary Approach, 8 - The Conceptual Realignment of International Politics . .16 - Some Global Implications of the Brezhnev Doctrine, 28 - Leninism As Permanent Low-Intensity Conflict, 39 - New Thinking And the Crisis of Leninism, 42 - Conclusions, 49 - Notes, 51 - An Islamic Concept of Conflict In Its - Historical Context-Dr Lewis B . Ware, 57 - The Evolution of An Islamic Concept of Conflict, 61 - The Varieties of Islamist Jihad, 76 - Some Observations On Jewish Fundamentalism, 96 - Conclusions, 106 - Notes, 111

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Title: Conflict, Culture, And History Regional Dimensions  
Author: Blank, Stephen J.
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Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
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