Winning the War on War

The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide

by Joshua S. Goldstein

Winning the War on War

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An award-winning expert on international affairs and military history presents balanced facts about the military-civilian death ratio in modern warfare while explaining how a general decline in armed conflict is revealing the effectiveness of peace, in an account that also outlines illustrative peace-keeping successes and failures.

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