Deadly Developments

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Ten anthropologists trace the machinations of war and the effects of violence in capitalist states, from their formation to the present. This collection, the newest volume in the War and Society series, questions the foundations of classical social theory while investigating local and international conflict through the critical and cross-cultural lens of social theory, history, and anthropology. The essays combine to challenge the notion developed by social theorists such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, and Engels ...

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Overview

Ten anthropologists trace the machinations of war and the effects of violence in capitalist states, from their formation to the present. This collection, the newest volume in the War and Society series, questions the foundations of classical social theory while investigating local and international conflict through the critical and cross-cultural lens of social theory, history, and anthropology. The essays combine to challenge the notion developed by social theorists such as Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, and Engels that war will diminish with the formation and the perpetuation of a capitalist economy and industry. The development of capitalist states, and the nefarious and violent processes which must occur to reproduce capitalism, are rarely realized and then infrequently analyzed. Many western and ethnocentric scholarly representations of war succeed in hiding the deadly developments that occur as a result of capitalist state formation and relations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789056995898
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/8/1999
  • Series: War and Society Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Deadly Developments and Phantasmagoric Representations 1
1 The Force of Two Logics: Predatory and Capital Accumulation in the Making of the Great Leviathan, 1415-1763 23
2 Colonialism and the Efflorescence of Warfare: The New Ireland Case 69
3 Insurrection in the Texas Mexican Borderlands: The Plan of San Diego 87
4 War in Uganda: North and South 107
5 Warfare in the Lower Omo Valley, Southwestern Ethiopia: Reconciling Materialist and Political Explanations 133
6 Requiem for the Rational War 153
7 The Politics of Ethnic Conflict in a Transboundary Context, the Senegal River Valley 177
8 Ethnicity and Land Tenure in the Sahel 213
9 Detour onto the Shining Path: Obscuring the Social Revolution in the Andes 235
Index 279
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