This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
This ambitious book sets out to reinterpret the history of the twentieth century as a long war in which conditions of outright military confrontation or of frantic 'cold' competition lasted from the outbreak of the first world war until the collapseof the Soviet Union. He goes on to argue that this long experience of war has brought about a fundamental change in the constitutional basis of sates, and explores this idea through the notion of the 'market state'. By clarifying the relationship between constitutional settlements and military power, and by drawing on his firsthand experience in the heart of superpower planning, Bobbitt reveals a startling new way of understanding the past - and an awesome glimpse of the future.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
The scope of Philip Bobbitt's The Shield of Achilles is breathtaking: the interplay, over the last six centuries, among war, jurisprudence, and the reshaping of countries ("states," in Bobbitt's vocabulary). Bobbitt posits that certain wars should be deemed epochal--that is, seen as composed of many "smaller" wars. For example, according to Bobbitt the epochal war of the 20th century began in 1914 and ended with the collapse of communism in 1990. These military affairs--and their subsequent "ultimate" peace agreements--have caused, each in their own way, revolutionary reconstructions of the idea and actuality of statehood and, following, of relationships between these various new entities. Of these reconstructions (including the princely state, the kingly state, and the nation-state), Bobbitt is most interested in the current incarnation, which he calls the market-state: one whose borders are scuffed and hazy at best (certainly compared to earlier territorial markers) and whose strengths, weaknesses, citizens, and enemies roam across cyberspace rather than plains and valleys. The Shield of Achilles is massive, erudite, and demanding--at once highly abstract and extremely detailed. There is about it an air of detached erudition, one noticeably free of the easy "decline and fall" hysteria too often present in contemporary historical analyses.--H O'BillovichReview:
His insights are thought-provoking, erudite and, most importantly, readable. -- Good Book Guide, 1 September, 2002
an audacious, massively informed analysis of the nature of the modern state and of modern war -- The Literary Review, July 2002
this is a book of extraordinary ambition -- The Guardian, 8 June, 2002
this might be the most important non-fiction book of the last 50 years -- Scotland on Sunday, 2 June, 2002
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Penguin Books, Limited, 2002. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9990108
Book Description Allen Lane, 2002. Condition: Very Good. 1610299259. Seller Inventory # U9780713996166
Book Description Allen Lane, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex library copy with usual stamps/stickers Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # wbb0016049620
Book Description Allen Lane, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence! Aloysius Ihezie. Seller Inventory # mon0002312173
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, London, 2002. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. An attempt to reinterpret the history of the 20th century as a long war in which conditions of outright military confrontation or of frantic "cold" competition lasted from the outbreak of World War I until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The author argues that this long experience of war has brought about a fundamental change in the constitutional basis of states, and explores this idea through the notion of the "market state". The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR001250669
Book Description Allen Lane, London, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: near fine. First UK edition. First printing. 8vo. Pp xxxii + 922. Red cloth boards stamped in gilt on the spine. A clean, unmarked copy in a tight binding and bright, unclipped dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 94327
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Condition: Good. . Very Good dust jacket. Writing inside. Seller Inventory # I11A-00595
Book Description Allen Lane, 2002. Rilegato. Condition: molto buono. Volume integro, fresco all'interno, copertina rigida ben conservata, foto su richiesta. Seller Inventory # ABE-1563663284101
Book Description Allen Lane, London, 2002. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus. First UK Edition. HEAVY. xxxii, 922pp, three appendices, notes, bibliography, annotated index. Cloth boards in rubbed and edge-worn dust-jacket which has a 30mm tear from the spine foot. This is 'an epic enquiry into the nature of state -- its origin in war, its drive for peace and legitimacy -- and the many possible futures it faces'. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 017142
Book Description Allen Lane, London et al., 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover, first edition; first print, very good condition. Lightest of edge-wear to the jacket and a few faint marks to the page block otherwise an exceptionally clean copy throughout. DP. Used. Seller Inventory # 512319