Rowman and Littlefield International

Causes of War

The Struggle for Recognition

By Thomas Lindemann

Publication Date: Sep 2010

Pages 176

Paperback 9781907301018
£24.00 €33.00 $44.95
Theories on the origins of war are often based on the premise that the rational actor is in pursuit of material satisfaction, such as the quest for power or for wealth. These perspectives disregard the need for homo symbolicus – the preservation of a positive self-image for both emotional and instrumental reasons. A good reputation ensures authority and material resources. Non-recognition can be as much as an explanation of war as that of other explicative 'variables'. Two empirical studies examining the role of non-recognition in great power conflicts and in international crises will demonstrate the value of this symbolic approach.

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