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War in Social ThoughtHobbes to the Present$
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Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150840

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150840.001.0001

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Sociology and Social Theory from the End of the First World War to the 1970s

Sociology and Social Theory from the End of the First World War to the 1970s

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(p.156) 5 Sociology and Social Theory from the End of the First World War to the 1970s
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War in Social Thought
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Hans Joas

Wolfgang Knöbl

, Alex Skinner
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150840.003.0005

This chapter shows that social theory's engagement with the phenomenon of war, which had already begun before the First World War, did not continue in any substantial way after 1918. War quickly vanished from the radar of those subjects in which social theories find their home. In Germany between the world wars, it was Carl Schmitt who provided the most provocative ideas on the problem of war; in France, it was Roger Caillois; and in the United States, it was initially political émigrés, like Hans Speier, who produced the first significant studies of militarism and “total war.” The chapter considers how the establishment of military sociology caused sociology in general, and sociological theory in particular, to turn away from war once again.

Keywords:   social theory, war, Carl Schmitt, Roger Caillois, political émigrés, Hans Speier, militarism, total war, military sociology, sociology

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