Christoper Clark is Regius Professor of History at Cambridge. His books include Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947.

IN THE REVIEW

‘This Is a Reality, Not a Threat’

David Levinthal: Untitled, from his 2008 series ‘I.E.D.,’ about the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Levinthal’s work is on view in ‘David Levinthal: War, Myth, Desire,’ at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York, until January 1, 2019. The accompanying book is published by the museum and Kehrer.

The Future of War: A History

by Lawrence Freedman

Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield

by Robert H. Latiff
A dark mood overcame me as I read two new books about the future of war. It’s hard not be impressed by the inventiveness of the weapons experts in their underground labs, but hard, too, not to despair at the way in which such ingenuity has been uncoupled from larger ethical imperatives. And one can’t help but be struck by the cool, acquiescent prose in which the war studies experts portion out their arguments, as if war is and will always be a human necessity, a feature of our existence as natural as birth or the movement of clouds.