Changing Images of International Conflict Karl W. Deutsch Yale University Political thinkers and philosophers long have held several different images of international conflict. Some of these basic images or themes have persisted for thousands of years, with only surface variations. Others have developed during the last few centuries, and some are still more recent. Today all of them are confronted with the reality of world-spanning transport and communication and with the accelerating development of potentially world-devastating weapons. All of our major images of international conflict, therefore, are now undergoing reappraisal and reexamination. Seven Major Images of War The Image of Necessity One of the oldest images of war is the image of necessity. War, like famine, plague, hailstorm or earthquake, is seen as an inexorable act of God or nature, an event that comes and will come again, in response to the will of a deity or to some processes of nature too vast to be concerned with any acts, desires, hopes or fears of human beings. This image pictures war as a catastrophe in which human attitudes and emotions are irrelevant. Just as no individuals or peoples can stop Shivaâs dance of destruction once it has begun
Journal of Social Issues – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1967
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