The Barbarization of Warfare

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September 2006



The images from Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad have been a grim reminder of warfare's undiminished capacity for brutality and indiscriminate excess. What happened in Abu Ghraib has happened before: World War II, and more recent wars and insurgencies in Algeria, Congo, Angola, Vietnam, Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, and many others, all bear witness to the ever-present human capacity to commit barbaric acts if circumstances allow. What drives people to mistreat, humiliate, and torment others? In an age when real time war, violence, and torture are becoming addictive forms of entertainment, it is now more critical than ever to deepen our understanding of the extraordinary distortions of the human psyche and spirit that occur in wartime. Eight distinguished scholars explore, in this first collective effort, the effects of the barbarization of warfare on our cultures and societies.


George Kassimeris is a Senior Research Fellow in Conflict and Terrorism at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of "Europe's Last Red Terrorists" (NYU Press) the first book in any language on Greece's notorious November 17th terrorist group. He writes regularly for the "Wall Street Journal Europe" and the "International Herald Tribune" and is now working on a biography of Andreas Papandreou.


"This book shows us the true barbarism of warfare. It makes brilliant but unsettling reading. Viewed together, the essays offer as good a sustained critique of war as is available anywhere in print, combined with a passion and engagement that is all too rare in first rate scholarship. The book is to be greatly treasured as an important contribution in a field of study that remains depressingly relevant in the world today." --C. A. Gearty, London School of Economics"Warfare, [Kassimeris] reminds us, can foster the best of human virtues. But it can also provide an arena in which a nations true character is demonstrated in the eyes of the world. --Kansas City Star
EAN: 9780814747964
ISBN: 0814747965
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 321 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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