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dc.contributor.authorCox, Rory
dc.identifier.citationCox , R 2021 , ' Approaches to pre-modern war and ethics: some comparative and multi-disciplinary perspectives ' , Global Intellectual History , vol. 6 , no. 5 , pp. 592-613 .
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dc.description.abstractWar is both violent and significantly ordered. As an intrinsically social phenomenon, war is deeply affected by all manner of socio-cultural norms and 'ethics' that shape the conceptualisation and experience of war, from justifying it to condemning it, from formulating grand strategy to engaging in individual hand-to-hand combat, and from understanding what it means to achieve victory or suffer defeat. How, then, should scholars approach the study of war and ethics, particularly from the perspective of intellectual history? When we still lack a consensus definition of what war is, much less a consensus about how war has shaped and been shaped by ethical thought, this is far from a simple question. This essay reflects on how a comparative and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of pre-modern war and ethics may encourage historians to ask new questions of the subject. I consider the methodology and theoretical foundations of four disciplines - comparative history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology - in order to highlight how a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach can enhance our understanding of the complex historical relationship between war and ethics.
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dc.subjectComparative historyen
dc.subjectD111 Medieval Historyen
dc.subjectSDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutionsen
dc.titleApproaches to pre-modern war and ethics: some comparative and multi-disciplinary perspectivesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Historyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Legal and Constitutional Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studiesen
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