Also see Long War for other conflicts of a similar name.
The Long War is an idea proposed by Phillips Bobbit in The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History to describe the conflicts between 1914 and 1990.
The Long War, as proposed, includes the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as the Bolshevik Revolution, the Chinese Civil War, the Spanish Civil War and the Cold War. These wars were all fought over a single set of constitutional issues, to determine which form of constitution – liberal democracy, fascism or socialism – would replace the colonial ideology of the imperial states of Europe that had emerged after the Napoleonic Wars that had dominated the world between the Congress of Vienna and August 1914. Just as earlier major wars were resolved by international settlements, - Westphalia, Utrecht and Vienna – so the Long War was resolved by the 1990 Charter of Paris for a New Europe. It has also been suggested that the Long War remains unresolved, continuing in the Global War on Terror, many causes of which were also rooted in post-colonialism and the Cold War. It could be argued that the entire Long War is a consequence of the Shooting of the archduke.
List of Conflicts in the proposed Long WarEdit
- Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
- World War I
- October Revolution
- Russian Civil War
- Chinese Civil War
- Spanish Civil War
- World War II
- Cold War