Democratic peace theory - the argument that democracies very rarely
go to war with each other - has come under attack recently for
being too naive and for neglecting the vast amount of wars fought
by democracies, especially since the end of the Cold War. This
volume offers a fresh perspective by arguing that the same norms
that are responsible for the democratic peace can be argued to be
responsible for democratic war-proneness. The authors show that
democratic norms, which are usually understood to cause peaceful
behaviour, are heavily contested when dealing with a non-democratic
other. The book thus integrates democratic peace and democratic war
into one consistent theoretical perspective, emphasising the impact
of national identity. The book concludes by arguing that all
democracies have a 'weak spot' where they would be willing to
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