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Coker, Christopher

Works: 136 works in 493 publications in 5 languages and 10,391 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Sources  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: U21.2, 355.02
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Coker
The United States and South Africa, 1968-1985 : constructive engagement and its critics by Christopher Coker( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humane warfare by Christopher Coker( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Efter det 20.århundres massedestruktioner af menneskeliv, civile som militære under krige, blev Kosovo-krisen et vendepunkt, hvor FN og EU tog initiativet til at søge krisen bilagt ved at koncentrere indsatsen mod ildens arnested - militære mål i Serbien. Menneskets natur taget i betragtning søger forfatteren ved et omfattende referencemateriale at drøfte emnerne: Humanisme og krig; Menneskelighed og krig; Menneskelige krige
Terrorism by Christopher Coker( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the causes, methods, targets, and growth of terrorism around the world
NATO, the Warsaw Pact, and Africa by Christopher Coker( Book )

16 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om NATOs og WAPAs interesser i forhold til til de afrikanske lande. Forfatterne påpegede bla., at Vesten ikke burde fokusere alene på Sovjets afrikanske gøremål, men i lige så høj grad på de øvrige WAPA-landes dispositioner, og at vestlig sikkerhed også afhænger af tilstande udenfor Europa
Reflections on American foreign policy since 1945 by Christopher Coker( Book )

17 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Waging war without warriors? : the changing culture of military conflict by Christopher Coker( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the past, posits Christopher Coker, wars were all-encompassing; they were a test not only of individual bravery but of an entire community's will to survive. In the West today, in contrast, wars are tools of foreign policy, not intrinsic to the values of a society - they are instrumental rather than existential. The clash between these two "cultures of war" can be seen starkly in the recent struggle in Afghanistan." "Coker offers both a history of martial cultures and an analysis of how these are now changing. He locates the origins of the Western way of war in ancient Greece, in the heroic ideals of Homer's Iliad. He then traces the development of this warrior spirit, moving from Rome's systemization of violence to encounters with such alternative ways of war as Sun Tzu's, the Islamic tradition, and Japan's kamikaze actions during World War II. This trajectory, he finds, ends in a crucial contemporary fault line: for the first time in history, war is no longer considered humankind's most revealing behavior." "What does this mean for the future? Coker argues that tomorrow's combatants will be technicians and even machines, divorced emotionally from the battlefield. He elegantly explores the significance of an evolving culture of war devoid of the figure of the heroic warrior."--Jacket
South Africa's security dilemmas by Christopher Coker( Book )

6 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terrorism and civil strife by Christopher Coker( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes global problems, causes of conflicts and possible solutions. Also examines the nature of terrorism and the problems of making appropriate responses
Globalisation and insecurity in the twenty-first century : NATO and the management of risk by Christopher Coker( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction -- What is globalisation? -- War, globalisation and global civil society -- Globalisation and the new security agenda -- The risk community -- NATO and the challenge of globalisation -- Conclusion
Twilight of the West by Christopher Coker( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Russian and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Twilight of the West, Christopher Coker offers an interpretation of why the Western Alliance is in serious trouble and why it may have entered the twilight of its collective life. Divided into three parts, the book first looks at the cultural forces that brought the Western powers together in 1941 and prompted them to build an Atlantic Community. Where the Alliance failed, however, was in taking hold where it counted most - in the European imagination. The second part addresses the present-day consciousness of both Europe and the United States as they prepare for the twenty-first century. In the final section, Coker examines two key questions: whether the West can escape the undertow of violence that marks the end of the millennium and whether the challenges from East Asia and the Islamic world are of such magnitude that the West will have to reinvent itself
Barbarous philosophers : reflections on the nature of war from Heraclitus to Heisenberg by Christopher Coker( Book )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Barbarous Philosophers' discusses the nature of war through the work of 16 philosophers, from Heraclitus in the 6th century B.C. to the philosopher-physicist Werner Heisenberg writing in the 1950s
Men at war : what fiction tells us about conflict, from the Iliad to catch-22 by Christopher Coker( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War, Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes-warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims-these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century's most famous film scripts. Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy show us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles and Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey, are not just larger than life; they are life's largeness-and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for the combatants, war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker's chapters explores what fiction tells us about war's appeal to young men and the way it makes- and breaks-them. The existential appeal of war too is perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and these too are scrutinized by the author."
The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the new international economic order by Christopher Coker( Book )

12 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the new international economic order / Christopher Coker
The United States, Western Europe, and military intervention overseas( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

U-Lande; Udviklingslande; Tredie Verdens Lande; Militær Intervention; Økonomiske Sanktioner; Interventioner; NATO; Vesteuropa; USA's Udenrigspolitik i 1980'erne; USA; Nationale Særinteresser; USA og Afrika; USA og Tredie Verden; Chad; Afrikanske Stater; Falklandskrigen; Iran-Iraq Krigen; Koreakrigen; Golfområdet; Persiske Golf; de Gaulle; Franske Interesser i Afrika; Franske Kolonier i Afrika; SACLANT; Shaba; Sydafrika; Sinai; SATO; Weinberger Doctrine; Mozambique; FRELIMO; Congo; Portugisiske Kolonier; Nkomati; Operation Grand Slam; Operation Manta; Operation Silure; Operation Venture; OPEC; Lumumba; Libanon; Libyen; Oman; Rio Pact
A nation in retreat? : Britain's defence commitment by Christopher Coker( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betragtninger over britisk forsvarspolitik gennem de sidste fem år på baggrund af foretagne nedskæringer siden 2. Verdenskrig, partiernes forhold til NATO og tillige Europæeres opfattelse af USA og dets udenrigspolitik
The improbable war : China, the United States and the continuing logic of great power conflict by Christopher Coker( Book )

21 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Improbable War explains why conflict between the USA and China cannot be ruled out. In 1914 war between the Great Powers was considered unlikely, yet it happened. We learn only from history, and popular though the First World War analogy is, the lessons we draw from its outbreak are usually mistaken. Among these errors is the tendency to over-estimate human rationality. All major conflicts of the past 300 years have been about the norms and rules of the international system. In China and the US the world confronts two 'exceptional' powers whose values differ markedly, with China bidding to
Warrior geeks : how 21st-century technology is changing the way we fight and think about war by Christopher Coker( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coker examines how technology is transforming the way we think about and fight war, taking three major changes that are driving this process: cybernetic technologies that are folding soldiers into a cybernetic system that will allow the military to read their thoughts and emotions, and mould them accordingly; the coexistence of men and robots in the battle-spaces of tomorrow; and the extent to which we may be able to re-engineer warriors through pharmacological manipulation
Ethics and war in the 21st century by Christopher Coker( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the ethical implications of war in the contemporary world. The author, a leading theorist of warfare, explains why it is of crucial importance that Western countries should continue to apply traditional ethical rules and practices in war, even when engaging with international terrorist groups. The book uses the work of the late American philosopher Richard Rorty to explain the need to make ethical rules central to the conduct of military operations. Arguing that the question of ethics was re-opened by the 'War on Terror', the book then examines America's post-9/11 redefinition of its own prevailing discourse of war. It ends with a discussion of other key challenges to the ethics of war, such as the rise of private security companies and the use of robots in war. In exploring these issues, this book seeks to place ethics at the centre of debates about the conduct of future warfare. This book will be of great interest to all students ofmilitary ethics, war studies, military history and strategic studies in general, and to military colleges in particular
War in an age of risk by Christopher Coker( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wars throughout history have been fought in the name of ideology, religion and the pursuit of peace. Our thinking about war - when it is justified, how it should be fought and how it is perceived - has changed dramatically over time. Whereas in the past war has been seen as a battle of wills, this provocative and illuminating new book shows how war has evolved into an exercise in risk management. In a rare blend of political science, sociology, history and cultural thought, Christopher Coker peels away the layers of meaning shrouding our current understanding of war and warfare. Using the ideas of writers such as Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck and Frank Furedi, he shows that risk has become the language of business, politics and public policy and so we should not be surprised that it has now become the language of war. The book highlights the increasing difference between homeland security and national security in the modern world, arguing that the defense of the citizen is often now more challenging than the defense of the state. By demonstrating the changing character and complexity of conflict from World War I to the current the current fight against terrorism, the book provides a powerful and highly distinctive account of the re-branding of war in an age of risk. -- Back cover
The warrior ethos : military culture and the war on terror by Christopher Coker( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Warrior Ethos, Christopher Coker discusses the concept of warriors and war, covering warrior culture from ancient Greece to the Iraq War, taking in philosophy, psychology, political thought, culture and news media." "The author argues that, even though it has declined, the warrior ethos which has emerged in the Western world over the centuries is as important as ever before, that warriors do still exist and that the warrior code remains essential for psychological, humanitarian and political reasons. He also makes a clear statement of why those who target civilians instead of other soldiers do not qualify as 'warriors'. Finally, Professor Coker analyses the problems within our culture that prevent us from valuing warriors, and argues that this culture is flawed, and that warriors are a special group who provide morality in war." "This book will be of great interest to students of military history, strategy, military sociology and war studies."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
Coker, Ch 1953-

Coker, Ch. (Christopher), 1953-

Coker, Chris.

Coker, Chris 1953-

Kouker, Kristofer

Коукер, Кристофер 1953-

كريستوفر كوكر، 1953-

English (241)

French (3)

Dutch (2)

Arabic (1)

Russian (1)

NATO, the Warsaw Pact, and AfricaWaging war without warriors? : the changing culture of military conflictSouth Africa's security dilemmasGlobalisation and insecurity in the twenty-first century : NATO and the management of riskTwilight of the WestBarbarous philosophers : reflections on the nature of war from Heraclitus to HeisenbergEthics and war in the 21st centuryWar in an age of riskThe warrior ethos : military culture and the war on terror