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From the Publisher"This is a brilliant, disturbing book. Modern cities have oftenbeen seen as places of extraordinary creativity and creativedestruction, but for this very reason they are also often sites ofspectacular military and paramilitary violence. These essaysunsettle so many taken-for-granted ways of thinking about cities.Their authors crouch and scurry along streets that, for too long,have seemed opaque to our political and intellectual imaginations.There is a tremendous power and urgency to their arguments thatshould be confronted by anyone concerned at the intimacy of theconnections between cities, war and terrorism." Derek Gregory,University of British Columbia
"Cities, War and Terrorism is a rare accomplishment. Bringingtogether a truly interdisciplinary group of authors, it providesthe first, original investigation of the urbanisation of modernconflict. In their plural ways and myriad sites, the essays in thisbook investigate the changing nature of the contemporarybattlespace and the implosion of distinctions between inside andoutside, civilian and military. Together, they mark the beginningof a new and vital field of analysis – an urban geopolitics– that must concern us all." David Campbell, University ofDurham
"Acts of war and terror against cities and their inhabitants(both anti-state and state sanctioned) are saturating ourcontemporary world. Yet urban researchers are in denial of thisstarkest of contemporary urban realities. Graham brings togetherthe renegade thinkers and researchers who are tracking the ways inwhich global geopolitics is imploding into the urban world. Cities,War and Terrorism is a stunningly successful synthesis of thesubtle interpenetration of global geopolitics and themicro-politics of cities and neighborhoods. It marks the beginningof a new and crucial research domain: that of urban geopolitics.This book must, and will, change the way urban researchers andplanners think about and explore city regions. It helps to makesense of the ways in which the historic functions of cities andnation states (social welfare, education, health, planning) arebeing overwhelmed by the imperative of 'security' and the politicsof fear. Purposely provocative and deeply disturbing." LeonieSandercock, University of British Columbia
"Graham’s anger at the appropriation of the events of9/11, simmering beneath the surface of his general introduction,contributes to a strong sense of editorial passion and involvement.This volume provides a fascinating, and immensely broad-ranging,call to understand the complex inter-relationships betweengeopolitical forces and those resilient urban lives."
Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, Volume 7 Issue 4(December 2006)