— Dimensions of War

Introduction

PART I. THE SIMPLIFICATION AND REDUCTION OF WAR CONCEPTUALIZATION
Chapter 1. Classic Conceptions of War
Toward Peace: Hobbes, Kant and Montesquieu
War as a Tool: Machiavelli and Clausewitz
The Use of Conflict Through the Perspective of Historical Materialism: Lenin’s Wars and Revolutions
Chapter 2. Contemporary Perspectives
The International System Induces War: The Neo-Realism of Kenneth Waltz
War Is What States Make of It: The Constructivist Perspective
War and Economics
War as a Destructive Phenomenon: Peace Research and Conflict Resolution Studies

PART II. A GENERATIVE SOCIAL PHENOMENON, UNCERTAIN AND SELF-MODIFYING
Chapter 3. The Dimensions of War
A Space-Time Construct
A Social Process
Chapter 4. A Productive Phenomenon
Uncertain, Autonomous, and Self-Modifying
War and Politics: A Dialectical Approach
Chapter 5. Understanding War as a Complex Adaptive System
The Notion of Complexity
Complex Adaptive System

PART III. THE SECOND CONGO WAR AND THE US-VIETNAM WAR
Chapter 6. The Second Congo War (1998-2003)
Actors’ Trajectories and Interactions
War System
Chapter 7. The US-Vietnam War (1954-1973)
The Morass of Vietnam
A Domestic Fight
Reasons for War: From the Origins to the End

Conclusion