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Theory of Truces (Hardcover) (Nir Eisikovits)

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This book is about truces. It takes up, characterizes, theorizes and sometimes celebrates unsatisfying, partial, 'patched up' ceasefire arrangements; it describes the risks we take and the opportunities we miss when we insist that the only acceptable way to end political violence is to end it comprehensively, once and for all, with a peace for the ages. Our thinking about war's end is impoverished, trapped in a false dichotomy between the ideas of war and peace, and because it is stuck in this bind we can't explain how conflict actually winds down. This book breaks free from that dichotomy. Subduing war requires a supple rather than binary political imagination, a well stacked toolbox, if you will, rather than blunt, rigid ideas imposed without change on all manifestations of belligerence. The theory of truces offered in these pages helps us think about ending wars and about how to diminish their viciousness when they cannot be ended.

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