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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

War and Peace
War and peace
Charles-Philippe David Alexis Rapin
Introduction

When taking an overall look at the vast literature in the field of social sciences, one must acknowledge that few subjects have drawn more scholarly attention than war – and incidentally, peace. As Martin Van Creveld (2016: 1) poetically puts it, ‘So many books have been written about war that, had they been put aboard the Titanic, the ship would have sunk without any help of the iceberg'. Multiple reasons may account for such a huge interest. First, if archeological studies are to be trusted, organized armed violence has been recorded for at least the last 10,000 years (Ferrill, 2018). Although social sciences often aim at understanding ...

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