The destruction caused by wars is obvious and well known. Less discussed is the manner in which wars and conflicts may help build macro structures and even benefit some participants.

This Lecture was presented to the MA Program in Southeast European Studies on the campus of the University of Athens.

Miguel Centeno has published many articles, chapters, and books. His latest publications are War and Society (Polity 2016), Global Capitalism (Polity 2010), States in the Developing World (Cambridge UP, 2017) and State and Nation Making in the Iberian World (Cambridge UP 2013). He the founder of the Research Community on Global Systemic Risk funded by PIIRS from 2013 ( and has published early results in the Annual Review of Sociology. He is also finishing a new book project on the sociology of discipline and a second volume on states in Latin America and Spain in the 20th Century.