Book Details

Book title: The Improbable War: China, The United States and the Logic of Great Power Conflict
Author(s): Christopher Coker
ISBN: 9788182748286
Publication Year: 2015
Binding: HB
Pages: 228
Price: Rs. 995 Rs. 995
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Conflict between the USA and China cannot be ruled our, argues Christopher Coker in his new book. While the outbreak of hostilities between the two superpowers in a daunting prospect a seemingly improbable one it is all too possible, which is why we need to think about the unthinkable now. It will also be played out in cyberspace and outer space, and like all previous wars will have devastating consequences.

In 1914, war between the Great Powers was also considered unlikely, yet it happened, and popular though analogies with the First World War are, the lessons drawn from its outbreak are usually mistaken. Among these errors is the tendency to over-estimate human rationality, which, Coker contends, shapes current debates about Sino US tensions in the military, political and economic sphere.

ABOUT Author


Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics. His books include Barbarous Philosophers: Reflections on the Nature of War from Hereclitus to Heisenberg; Warrior Geeks: How 21st Century Technology is Changing the Way We Fight and Think About War; and Men At War: What Fiction Tells Us About Conflict, from the Iliad to Catch-22.

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