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Forged Through Fire: War, Peace, and the Democratic Bargain.


Forged Through Fire: War, Peace, and the Democratic Bargain

John Ferejohn and Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Liveright Publishing


460 pages




Written in plain language and a conversational style, this synthesis of history and political philosophy will be accessible to general readers and students, while also of interest to scholars as an overview and a fresh approach. Authors Ferejohn and Rosenbluth (both affiliated with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences) investigate the symbiotic relationship between democracy and the military, from ancient history to the current political and military situation in the US and around the world. They demonstrate that war forces democratic governments to pay more attention to the needs, freedoms, and civil liberties of the common man, who must be given some incentive to provide manpower for the military. The final chapter examines on war, racism, and civil rights in the US during and after WWII. The book concludes by pondering the future impact of unmanned instruments of warfare and what that might mean for democracy. B&w historical photos are included. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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