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How Fighting EndsA History of Surrender$
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Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.001.0001

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A ‘True Chameleon’?

A ‘True Chameleon’?

Some concluding remarks on the history of surrender

(p.435) A ‘True Chameleon’?
How Fighting Ends
Holger Afflerbach, Hew Strachan
Oxford University Press

The conclusion summarizes some elements of ‘how fighting ends’ and contrasts them. It sees distinct progress in the history of surrender, detecting, despite massive setbacks, a tendency towards controlling violence in warfare. This is important. Radical pacifism, the abandonment of war altogether, has been, so far, unsuccessful. Therefore the alternative is to mitigate the effects of war, and the containment of violence gains significance. Surrender is a very — or maybe the most — important single element in such a process.

Keywords:   history of surrender, violence, warfare, effects of war

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