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p. 112Conclusion: war, terrorism, and future researchlocked

  • Richard English


The Conclusion sets out three important difficulties when researching the topic of modern war today: the unhelpful fragmentation of the research field on modern war, how to reconcile what people claim or remember about war and the actual historic reality, and the idea that modern war should be more honest about the fact that non-state terrorism represents a sub-species of war and about the terroristic activities used to incite war. The central issue here is the question of historical, analytical honesty. It should be acknowledged that states self-consciously use terrorizing violence for political ends during war. Redefining our understanding of war to include terrorism would help us to behave more cautiously in the future.

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