Battling to the End: Conversations with BenoîT Chantre

Battling to the End: Conversations with BenoîT Chantre

by Rene Girard, Benoît Chantre
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870138774

ISBN-13: 9780870138775

Pub. Date: 12/15/2009

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

In Battling to the End René Girard engages Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831), the Prussian military theoretician who wrote On War. Clausewitz, who has been critiqued by military strategists, political scientists, and philosophers, famously postulated that "War is the continuation of politics by other means." He also seemed to believe that

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In Battling to the End René Girard engages Carl von Clausewitz (1780–1831), the Prussian military theoretician who wrote On War. Clausewitz, who has been critiqued by military strategists, political scientists, and philosophers, famously postulated that "War is the continuation of politics by other means." He also seemed to believe that governments could constrain war.
     Clausewitz, a firsthand witness to the Napoleonic Wars, understood the nature of modern warfare. Far from controlling violence, politics follows in war's wake: the means of war have become its ends.
     René Girard shows us a Clausewitz who is a fascinated witness of history's acceleration. Haunted by the French-German conflict, Clausewitz clarifies more than anyone else the development that would ravage Europe. Battling to the End pushes aside the taboo that prevents us from seeing that the apocalypse has begun. Human violence is escaping our control; today it threatens the entire planet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870138775
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
Studies in Violence, Mimesis and Culture Series
Pages:
237
Sales rank:
849,036
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Translation vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Escalation to Extremes 1

Chapter 2 Clausewitz and Hegel 27

Chapter 3 Duel and Reciprocity 53

Chapter 4 The Duel and the Sacred 77

Chapter 5 Holderlin's Sorrow 109

Chapter 6 Clausewitz and Napoleon 137

Chapter 7 France and Germany 157

Chapter 8 The Pope and the Emperor 195

Epilogue 211

Notes 219

Index 231

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