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Theory and General Studies

Raymond Aron, On War (W.W. Norton, 1968).

Jeremy Black, Why Wars Happen (New York University Press, 1998).

Geoffrey Blainey, The Causes of War, 3rd edition (Macmillan, 1988).

Seyom Brown, The Causes and Prevention of War, 2nd edition (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

Sun-Tzu - The Art of War Karl von Clausewitz, On War (Penguin-Viking, 1983).

Martin van Creveld, Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present (Free Press, 1991).

Gwynne Dyer, War (Crown Publishers, 1985).

Barbara Ehrenreich, Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (Henry Holt and Company, 1997).

John Ellis, The Social History of the Machine Gun (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986).

Sigmund Freud, Civilization, War and Death, ed. John Rickman (Hogarth Press, 1953).

Jonathan Glover, Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press, 1999).

Kalevi J. Holsti, Peace and War: Armed Conflicts and the International Order, 1648-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 1991).

Michael Howard, War in European History (Oxford University Press, 1976).

John Keegan, A History of Warfare (Vintage, 1993).

John Keegan, ed., The Book of War (Viking, 1999).

Gabriel Kolko, Century of War: Politics, Conflicts, and Society since 1914 (New Press, 1995).

Jack S. Levy, War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975 (Kentucky University Press, 1983).

Robert L. O'Connell, Ride of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Anatol Rapoport, The Origins of Violence: Approaches to the Study of Conflict (Paragon House, 1989).

J. David Singer, ed., The Correlates of War (Free Press, 1979).

John G. Stoessinger, Why Nations Go to War, 7th edition (St. Martin's Press, 1998).

Sun Tzu, The Art of War, with an introduction by Samuel B. Griffith (Oxford University Press, 1986).

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Penguin-Viking, 1986).

Harry Holbert Turney-High, Primitive War: Its Practice and Concepts, 2nd edition (University of South Carolina Press, 1971).

Kenneth Waltz, Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis (Columbia University Press, 1959).

Quincy Wright, A Study of War (Midway Reprints, 1983).

Robert Graves - Good-Bye to All That

Personal Narratives/Oral Histories/War Reporting

Tim Allen and Jean Seaton, eds., The Media of Conflict: War Reporting and Representations of Ethnic Violence (Zed Books, 1999).

Ronald Fraser, Blood of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War (Pantheon, 1979).

Robert Graves, Good-Bye to All That (Anchor, 1998). (World War One.)

Martha Gellhorn, The Face of War (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988).

Jeremy Harding, Small Wars, Small Mercies: Journeys in Africa's Disputed Nations (Penguin, 1994).

Michael Herr, Dispatches (Vintage Books, 1991). (Vietnam.)

John Hersey, Hiroshima (Vintage, 1989).

Robert Kaplan, The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, From Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy (Vintage Books, 1997).

Ryszard Kapuscinski, The Soccer War (Vintage Books, 1990).

Phillip Knightley, The First Casualty: The War Correspondent As Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (Harvest Books, 1987). (Spanish Civil War.)

Mark Pedelty, War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents (Routledge, 1995). (Central America.)

Roger Rosenblatt, Children of War (Anchor Press, 1992).

Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier: The Classic WWII Autobiography (Brassey's, 1990). (Eastern Front.)

Studs Terkel, The Good War: An Oral History of World War II (New Press, 1997).

Ed Vulliamy, Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War (St. Martin's Press, 1994).

Alexander Werth, Russia at War, 1941-45 (Carroll & Graf, 2002).

The Art of Killing

Joanna Bourke, An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare (Granta Books, 1999).

J. Glenn Gray, The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle (Bison Books, 1998).

Dave Grossman, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (Little, Brown and Company, 1995).

Dalton Trumbo - Johnny Got His Gun

The Literature of War

Kenneth Baker, ed., The Faber Book of War Poetry (Faber and Faber, 1996).

Pat Barker, Regeneration (Plume, 1993). (World War One.)

Henri Barbusse, Under Fire (, 2003). (World War One.)

Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War (Owlet, 1996). (Vietnam.)

Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford University Press, 2000).

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (Scribner, 1996). (World War Two.)

Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead (Picador, 2000). (World War Two.)

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (Fawcett, 1995). (World War One.)

Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun (Bantam, 1984).

The First World War

Niall Ferguson, The Pity of War: Explaining World War I (Basic Books, 2000).

Alistair Horne, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (Penguin, 1994).

John Keegan, The First World War (Vintage, 2000).

Eric J. Leed, No Man's Land: Combat and Identity in World War I (Cambridge University Press, 1979).

Lyn Macdonald, Somme (Atheneum, 1989).

Norman Stone, The Eastern Front 1914-1917 (Penguin, 1998).

Anthony Beevor - Stalingrad

The Second World War

Omer Bartov, Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich (Oxford University Press, 1992).

Antony Beevor, Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-43 (Penguin, 1999).

Eric Bergerud, Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific (Penguin, 1996).

Michael Burleigh, The Third Reich: A New History (Hill & Wang, 2001).

Peter Calvocoressi, Guy Wint, and John Pritchard, The Penguin History of the Second World War (Penguin, 2001).

Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War (Mariner, 1986).

Alan Clark, Barbarossa: The Russian-German Conflict, 1941-45 (William Morrow & Co., 1985).

John W. Dower, War without Mercy: Race & Power in the Pacific War (Pantheon, 1986).

Martin Gilbert, The Second World War: A Complete History (Henry Holt, 1989).

Ian Kershaw, The Nazi Dictatorship, 4th edition (Edward Arnold, 2000).

Gabriel Kolko, The Politics of War: The World and United States Foreign Policy, 1943-1945 (Pantheon, 1990).

Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs (Touchstone, 1997).

A.J.P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War, 2nd edition (Touchstone, 1996).


Noam Chomsky, At War with Asia (Pantheon Books, 1970).

Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (Penguin, 1997).

Gabriel Kolko, Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience (Pantheon, 1985).

Don Oberdorfer, Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).

William Shawcross, Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia, Revised Edition (Cooper Square Press, 2002).

James W. Trullinger, Village at War: An Account of Conflict in Vietnam (Stanford University Press, 1994).

Marilyn B. Young, The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990 (HarperPerennial, 1991).

Robert Fisk - Pity the Nation

War in the Middle East

Robert Fisk, Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon (Nation Books, 2002).

Chaim Herzog, The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East, Revised and Updated Edition (Random House, 1984).

Dilip Hiro, The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict (Paladin, 1990).

David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East (Harcourt, 1977).

Human Rights Watch, Iraq's Crime of Genocide: The Anfal Campaign against the Kurds (Yale University Press, 1995).

Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (Macmillan, 1977).

Michael B. Oren, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Peasant Insurrections and Guerrilla Warfare

Ian F.W. Beckett, The Encyclopedia of Guerrilla Warfare (Checkmark Books, 2001).

John Ellis, From the Barrel of a Gun: A History of Guerrilla, Revolutionary, and Counter-insurgency Warfare, from the Romans to the Present (Stackpole Books, 1995).

Ernesto Guevara, Guerrilla Warfare: Che Guevara (Bison Books, 1998).

Lynn Horton, Peasants in Arms: War and Peace in the Mountains of Nicaragua, 1979-1994 (Ohio University Press, 1998).

Mao Zedong, On Guerrilla Warfare (University of Illinois Press, 2000).

Edward Earl Rice, Wars of the Third Kind: Conflict in Underdeveloped Countries (University of California Press, 1988).

Robert Taber, The War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare (Brasseys, 2002).

Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley, Guerrillas & Revolution in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Insurgents and Regimes since 1956 (Princeton University Press, 1992).

Sven Lindqvist - A History of Bombing

Air Warfare

John Buckley, Air Power in the Age of Total War (Indiana University Press, 1999).

Gian P. Gentile, How Effective is Strategic Bombing? Lessons Learned from World War II to Kosovo (New York University Press, 2000).

Sven Lindqvist, A History of Bombing (New Press, 2001).

Robert A. Pape, Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell University Press, 1996).

Nuclear War

Fred Kaplan, The Wizards of Armageddon (Stanford University Press, 1991).

Robert Jay Lifton and Eric Markusen, The Genocidal Mentality: Nazi Holocaust and Nuclear Threat (Basic Books, Inc., 1990).

Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth and The Abolition (Stanford University Press, 2000).

Dennis D. Wainstock, The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb (Praeger Publishers, 1996).

Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide

Andrew Bell-Fialkoff, Ethnic Cleansing (St. Martin's Griffin, 1999).

Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust (Vintage, 1997).

Leo Kuper, Genocide: Its Political Use in the Twentieth Century (Penguin, 1981).

Sven Lindqvist, "Exterminate All the Brutes": One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide (New Press, 1996).

Norman M. Naimark, Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe (Harvard University Press, 2001).

Samantha Power, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (HarperPerennial, 2003).

David Rohde, Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre Since World War II (Westview Press, 1998).

William A. Schabas, Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Samuel Totten et al., eds., Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Views (Garland Publishers, 1997).

Ward Thomas - The Ethics of Destruction

The Ethics of War

Michael Ignatieff, The Warrior's Honor: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience (Owl Books, 1998).

Ward Thomas, The Ethics of Destruction: Norms and Force in International Relations (Cornell University Press, 2001).

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations (Basic Books, 2000).

Crimes of War

Gary Jonathan Bass, Stay the Hand of Vengeance: The Politics of War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Roy Gutman and David Rieff, eds., Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (W.W. Norton and Company, 1999).

Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence (Beacon Press, 1998).

W. Michael Reisman and Chris T. Antoniou, eds., The Laws of War: A Comprehensive Collection of Primary Documents on International Laws Governing Armed Conflict (Random House, 1994).

Geoffrey Robertson, Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice (New Press, 2003).

William A. Schabas, An Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Military Conscription

Martin Anderson, The Military Draft: Selected Readings on Conscription (Hoover Institution Press, 1982).

Eliot A. Cohen, Citizens and Soldiers: The Dilemma of Military Service (Cornell University Press, 1985).

Ilene Cohn and Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Child Soldiers: The Role of Children in Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Joshua A. Sanborn, Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics, 1905-1925 (Northern Illinois University Press, 2003).

Joshua Goldstein - War and Gender

War and Gender

Jean Bethke Elshtain, Women and War (Basic Books, 1987).

Cynthia Enloe, Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (University of California Press, 2000).

Joshua S. Goldstein, War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Lois Ann Lorentzen and Jennifer Turpin, eds., The Women & War Reader (New York University Press, 1998).

Julie Mertus, War's Offensive on Women: The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (Kumarian Press, 2000).

Caroline O.N. Moser and Fiona Clark, eds., Victims, Perpetrators or Actors? Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence (Zed Books, 2001).

The Changing Face of War

Peter Bergen, Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden (Free Press, 2001).

Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War (Penguin, 2000).

Bruce B. Campbell and Arthur D. Brenner, eds., Death Squads in Global Perspective: Murder with Deniability (St. Martin's Press, 2000).

John K. Cooley, Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America, and International Terrorism (Pluto Press, 2000).

Martin van Creveld, The Transformation of War (Free Press, 1991).

Philippe Delmas, The Rosy Future of War (Free Press, 1997).

Kalevi J. Holsti, The State, War, and the State of War (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Mary Kaldor, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (Stanford University Press, 1999).

Gabriel Kolko, Another Century of War? (New Press, 2002).

Walter Laqueur, The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction (Oxford University Press, 2000).

John E. Mueller, Retreat from Doomsday: On the Obsolescence of Major War (Basic Books, 1989).

Paul B. Rich, ed., Warlords in International Relations (St. Martin's Press, 1999).

William Shawcross, Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict (Touchstone Books, 2001).

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Last updated: 15 May 2003.