A study of war, vol. 1 by Quincy Wright

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I . Given sufficient time and space, however, such apparently sporadic events may, by the law of large numbers, exhibit statistical regularity and persistent patterns. " Many writers have contended that evolution involves eventual dissolution, that progress involves eventual retrogression, and, consequently, that evolution and progress merely refer to exceptionally long oscillations (see Herbert Spencer, First Principles, final chapter; Books Adams, The Law of Civilization and Decay [New York, 1910); Gini, op.

Combining the four points of view, war is seen to be a state of law and a form of conflict involving a high degree of legal equality, of hostility, and of violence in the relations of organized human groups; or, more simply, the legal condition which equally permits two or more hostile groups to carryon a conflict by armed force. It is to be observed that this definition implies sufficient social solidarity throughout the community of nations of which both belligerents and neutrals are members to permit general recognition of the behaviors and standards appropriate to the situation of war.

While war manifests the weakness of the community of nations, it also manifests the existence of that community. 2. FRAME OF REFERENCE War in the narrower sense is a form of social behavior, and it appears that very few of the essential conditions affecting human behavior are entirely beyond human control given sufficient time. Social philosophers have vainly sought unchangeable conditions as points of departure or frames of reference. For this purpose they have utilized such concepts as the intention of God or the laws of nature; the influence of geography or climate; the evolution of social, economic, or political institutions; the biological nature, needs, or instincts of human beings; the characteristics of sovereignty or of technology; the processes of social integration, adaptation, conflict, assimilation, or imitation.

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