2005 The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq, Cambridge: Polity, 170 pp. (Italian translation, L’Occidente alla Guerra: La tentazione dell’interventismo, Milano: Università Bocconi Editore, 2006, 231 pp.)

2003 War and Genocide: Organized Killing in Modern Society. Cambridge: Polity, 244 pp.

1996 Civil Society and Media in Global Crises: Representing Distant Violence, London: Pinter, viii + 214 pp.(Partial German translation, ‘Die Repräsentation ferner Konflikte und die globale Zivilgesellschaft’, in Ulrich Beck, ed,Perspektiven der Weltgesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1998, pp. 221-56.)

1991 Post-Military Society: Militarism, Demilitarization and War at the End of the Twentieth Century, Cambridge: Polity, and Philadelphia: Temple University Press, ix + 216 pp. (Partial Chinese translation, Taiwan, 2002.)

1988 Dialectics of War: An Essay on the Social Theory of War and Peace, London: Pluto, 168 pp.

Edited books

1987 The Sociology of War and Peace, with Colin Creighton, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press, 245 pp.

1984 War, State and Society, edited, London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin’s Press, vii + 266 pp.


2009 ‘Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks for Organised Violence’, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 3, 1, 2009, pp. 97-106.

2007 ‘When war is not war: Western and terrorist ways of war in the era of global surveillance warfare’, in Richard Keeble and Sarah Maltby, eds, Communicating War, London: Arima, pp. 130-40.

‘The general hybridity of war and genocide’Journal of Genocide Research, 9, 3, 2007, 461-73.

2006 ‘War’, in Philipp Oswalt and Tim Rieniets, eds, Atlas of Shrinking Cities/Atlas der Schrumpfenden Städte, Berlin: Kulturstiftung des Bundes, pp. 52-53.

2005 ‘Die neue westliche Kriegführung und ihre Kriese’, Das Argument, 47, 5/6, 93-100 (translated by Julian Müller).

‘Rethinking Peace, Security and Human Rights for a Global Age’, in Fabian Globalisation Group, Just World: A Fabian Manifesto, London: Zed, 73-78.

2004 ‘New wars of the city: “urbicide” and “genocide”‘ in Steve Graham, ed., Cities, War, and Terrorism, Oxford: Blackwell, 141-53.

Risk-transfer Militarism and the Legitimacy of War after Iraq’Foreign Policy in Focus Policy Report, June 30, 2004

(1) republished as Paul Eden and Therese O’Donnell, eds, September 11, 2001: A Turning-Point in International and Domestic Law?, Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers, 2005, 127-48;

(2) translated as ‘Militarismo de transferencia de riesgo y la legalidad de la guerra tras Irak’, translation of, inRelaciones Internacionales (Madrid), 3, October 2005.

(3) translated by Kai Hebel as ‚„Risikotransfer-Militarismus“ und die Relegitimierung des Krieges in der Weltgesellschaft’, in Thorsten Bonacker and Christoph Weller, ed., Konflikte der Weltgesellschaft: Akteure – Strukturen – Dynamiken, Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 151-74.

2003 ‘Strategy and Slaughter’, Review of International Studies, 29, 2, 2003, 269-78.

2002 ‘Risk-transfer militarism, small massacres and the historic legitimacy of war’, International Relations, 17, 3, 343-60.

‘Ten Challenges to Anti-War Politics’, Radical Philosophy 111, 11-19.

2001 ‘Democracy and Peace in the Global Revolution’, in Tarak Barkawi and Mark Laffey, eds., Democracy, Liberalism and War: Rethinking the Democratic Peace Debate, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 173-92.

Review article, ‘War and humanitarian emergencies’, Journal of Development Studies, 17, 5, 154-59.

2000 ‘The development of the “common-risk” society: a theoretical overview’ in Jürgen Kuhlmann and Jean Callaghan (eds.) Military and Society in 21st Century Europe, Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, pp. 13-26 (simultaneous Russian edition, Moscow: Nauchnaya Kniga, 2000; reprinted in Society, 38, 6, September-October 2001, 7-15.

1999 ‘Global Voices: Civil Society and the Media in Global Crises’, in Timothy Dunne and Nicholas J Wheeler, eds., Human Rights in Global Politics, Cambridge University Press, pp. 214-32

‘War and Society’, in John W Chambers II, ed., The Oxford Companion to American Military History, New York: Oxford University Press.

‘Civil Society’ in Lester Kurtz, ed., Encyclopaedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 269-78

‘The Kosovan War, 1998-99: State, War and Genocide in the Global Revolution’, Sociological Research Online,http://www.socresonline.org.uk (reprinted in Papers in Social Theory 5, Warwick/Sussex, 2000).

‘War and Globality: The Role and Character of War in the Global Transition’ in Ho-Won Jeong, ed.,The New Agenda for Peace Research, Reading: Ashgate, pp. 61-80, translated as

(1) ‘Guerre et globalité: le rôle et le caractère de la guerre à l’intérieur de la transition globale’ (translated) in Pierre Hassner and Roland Marchal, eds, Guerres et sociétés: Etat et violence après la Guerre Froide. Paris: Editions Karthala, 49-75.

(2) ‘El papel y el carácter de la guerra en la transición global’ (translated) in Eduardo Andrés, Sandoval Forero and Robinson Salazar Pérez, eds, América Latina: Conflicto, Violencia y Paz en el Siglo XXI, Mexico City: Librosenred, 2003, 15-44.

1997 ‘Conscription and Citizenship’ in Anthony Giddens, ed., Sociology: Introductory Readings, Cambridge: Polity.

‘The State of Globalization: towards a theory of state transformation’, Review of International Political Economy, 4, 3

‘Globalization and post-military democracy’, in Anthony McGrew, ed., The Transformation of Democracy, Cambridge: Polity Press, pp. 26-48.

‘Nueva guerras urbanas’ (‘new wars of the city’), Dos, dos: revista sobre las cuidades, 2, Vallidolid, Spain, pp 67-75, reproduced online in The Urban Operations Journal, http://www.urbanoperations.com/shaw.htm, 2003.

‘Past Wars and Present Conflicts: From the Second World War to the Gulf’, in Martin Lunn and Ken Evans, eds.,War and Memory in the Twentieth Century, Leamington Spa: Berg, 191-205.

1995 ‘Military, State and Society in the 21st Century: challenges of the Fragmentary Peace’, in Harold Gillman and Detlef Herold, eds., Democratic and Civil Control over Armed Forces, Rome: NATO Defense College, 55-68.

‘Churches and War: Surveys of Attitudes during the Gulf Conflict’ (with Roy Carr-Hill), in Peter G. Forster, ed.,Contemporary Mainstream Christianity, Aldershot: Gower.

‘Theses on a Post-Military Europe: Conscription, Citizenship and Militarism after the Cold War’, in Chris Rootes and Howard Davis, eds., A New Europe: Social Change and Political Transformation, London: UCL Press, pp. 55-71.

1993 ‘The Denial of Death’ (with Roy Carr-Hill), Peace Review, 5:1, pp. 35-41.

1992 ‘Public Opinion and Media War Coverage in Britain’, in Hamid Mowlana, George W. Gerbner and Herbert Schiller, eds., Triumph of the Image: The Media’s War in the Persian Gulf. A Global Perspective, Boulder, Colorado: Westview (with Roy Carr-Hill).

1991 ‘Mass Media and Attitudes to the Gulf War in Britain’ in Michael Morgan, ed., ‘The Media and the Gulf War’, special issue of The Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Communication, Montreal (with Roy Carr-Hill).

Public Opinion, Media and Violence: Attitudes to the Gulf War in a Local Population (with Roy Carr-Hill), Hull: Hull University Gulf War Project, 42 pp..

‘State Theory and the Post-Cold War World’ and ‘Total War and the Theory of the State’ in Shaw and Banks, eds, State and Society in International Relations, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester-Wheatsheaf.

1990 ‘Strategy and Social Process: lessons from strategic studies’, Sociology, 24, 3, August, pp 465-73 (extract republished in David Morgan and Liz Stanley, eds, Debates in Sociology, Manchester: MUP, 1994).

‘From Total War to Democratic Peace: exterminism and historical pacifism’, in H. Kaye and K. McClelland, eds,E.P. Thompson: Critical Debates, Cambridge: Polity, 233-51.

1989 ‘War and the Nation-State’, in D. Held and J. Thompson, eds., Social Theory of Modern Societies: Anthony Giddens and his Critics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

‘Ideen uber Krieg und Militarisierung in der Gesellschaftstheorie des Späten Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts’, translated by H. Joas, in H. Joas and H. Steiner, eds., Machtpolitischer Realismus und Pazifistische Utopie: Krieg und Frieden in der Geschichte der Sozialwissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 283-308.

1988 ‘The Real Sociology of War: A reply to Roger Scruton’, British Journal of Sociology, XXXIX, 4, December, 615-8.

‘The End of Regimentation: Socialism’s Second Chance’, Detente: A quarterly journal devoted to understanding the Soviet Union, 13, 14-16.

‘In Defence of “Historical Pacifism”‘, European Nuclear Disarmament Journal, October-January, pp 34-5.

1987 ‘Marxism, War and Peace in Britain, 1895-1945′, in Richard Taylor and Nigel Young, eds., Campaigns for Peace: Peace movements in Britain in the twentieth century, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 49-72.

‘Introduction’ and ‘The Rise and Fall of the Military-Democratic State: Britain 1940-85′, in C. Creighton and M. Shaw, eds., The Sociology of War and Peace, London: Macmillan, 1-13 and 143-58.

1984 ‘War: The End of the Dialectic?’, Journal of Area Studies, 9, 1-4.

‘War and Social Theory’ and ‘War, Imperialism and the State System: A critique of orthodox Marxism for the 1980s’ in Shaw, ed., War, State and Society, London: Macmillan, 1-24 and 47-60.

1981 Socialism and Militarism, Nottingham: Spokesman, 34 pp.

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