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On Art and War and Terror
     

On Art and War and Terror

by Alex Danchev
 

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This collection of Alex Danchev's essays shows us how works of art can help us to explore the most difficult ethical and political issues of our time: war, terror, extermination, torture and abuse.

It takes seriously the idea of the artist as moral witness to this realm, considering war photography, for example, as a form of humanitarian intervention. War

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This collection of Alex Danchev's essays shows us how works of art can help us to explore the most difficult ethical and political issues of our time: war, terror, extermination, torture and abuse.

It takes seriously the idea of the artist as moral witness to this realm, considering war photography, for example, as a form of humanitarian intervention. War poetry, war films and war diaries are also considered in a broad view of art, and of war. Kafka is drawn upon to address torture and abuse in the war on terror; Homer is utilised to analyse current talk of 'barbarisation'. The paintings of Gerhard Richter are used to investigate the terrorists of the Baader-Meinhof group, while the photographs of Don McCullin and the writings of Vassily Grossman and Primo Levi allow the author to propose an ethics of small acts of altruism.

This book examines the nature of war over the last century, from the Great War to a particular focus on the current 'Global War on Terror'. It investigates what it means to be human in war, the cost it exacts and the ways of coping. Several of the essays therefore have a biographical focus.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Book Review
It expands our understanding of how art can be used in wartime.

— Kevin Winter

The Independent
The range of these beautifully crafted essays is often dazzling. At his best, Danchev reveals himself to be a gifted and profound essayist.

Times Higher Education
On Art and War and Terror collects Alex Danchev's beautifully lucid and thoughtful essays on the most difficult issues of our age and, in particular, the nature of humanity in times of conflict.

The Sunday Telegraph
Alex Danchev's series of essays remind us why he is one of the most perceptive and witty scholars writing in Britain today.

Millennium: Journal of International Studies
One of the most important books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time... When reading this thoughtful and thought-provoking book terms that come to mind include lucid, illuminating, mesmerizing, all of which are analytically weak but indicative nevertheless of what makes this book such a profound reading experience.

Millennium: Journal of International Studies
One of the most important books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time... When reading this thoughtful and thought-provoking book terms that come to mind include lucid, illuminating, mesmerizing, all of which are analytically weak but indicative nevertheless of what makes this book such a profound reading experience.
San Francisco Book Review - Kevin Winter
It expands our understanding of how art can be used in wartime.

Time Magazines Higher Education
On Art and War and Terror collects Alex Danchev's beautifully lucid and thoughtful essays on the most difficult issues of our age and, in particular, the nature of humanity in times of conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748642595
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alex Danchev is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham

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