There is no society without conflict. Because the desires and beliefs of individuals never coincide, there must sometimes be disagreements among them. Because interests diverge, there must always from time to time be disputes. Societies differ, therefore, not in the fact of conflict but in the type of conflict that occurs, and in the way it is expressed and regulated.
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- 1.For a much more detailed account of the changing character of war and the disputes about which it is fought, see Evan Luard, War in International Society (London, 1986) esp. chap. 3.Google Scholar