Patterns of War

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Fritz B. Simon
Patterns of War
Systemic Aspects of Deadly Conflicts
279 pages, 14 images, Paperback,
ISBN: 978-3-89670-446-7

Not a day goes by without news of conflicts in our immediate vicinity or further afield, conflicts which can only aptly be called war. War can be understood as a conflict in which the parties concerned risk their survival. This is not only valid for conflicts between nations, but also for other social units such as companies, organisations, tribes, gangs etc., and even for individuals.

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Not a day goes by without news of conflicts in our immediate vicinity or further afield, conflicts which can only aptly be called war. War can be understood as a conflict in which the parties concerned risk their survival. This is not only valid for conflicts between nations, but also for other social units such as companies, organisations, tribes, gangs etc., and even for individuals. Examples are duels or conflicts between married couples ending in murder and manslaughter.
In this book, Fritz Simon analyses the developmental conditions for war from the perspective of systems theory. The author covers biological and psycho-analytical models as well as sociological findings. The result is that, in general, these conflicts are not about economic or impulse-driven interests, but seem to be about such antiquated values as honour, pride and status.
In the author’s opinion, then, wars should be understood as a continuation of sport with other means and, a fact we should not ignore, as the ultimate form of entertainment – at least for observers who are not directly affected.
September 11, 2001 and subsequent reactions have proved to be the example for the book, published shortly before. With fascination and horror, we discover that what followed was the war that followed this book to a “T”. The analysis of developments from the attack on the Twin Towers to the war against Iraq, which has been added to this new edition, confirms the logic of deadly conflict demonstrated in this book.

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Weight 0.348 kg

Author

Fritz B. Simon, M. D., Professor for Management and Organisation, Economics Faculty of the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. Systemic organisation consultant, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and systemic therapist. Managing partner of Management Zentrum Witten GmbH and Simon, Weber and Friends, Systemic Organisation Consultation GmbH. From 1994 to 2001, vice president of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), vice president of the German-Chinese Academy for Psychotherapy. Main focus of work: organisation, communication and conflict research and consultation, coaching. Teaching and consultation in various European countries, the United States and China. Author and/or editor of approx. 300 scientific articles and 27 books, which have been translated into 14 languages.

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