Visions of War: Picturing Warfare from the Stone Age to the Cyber Age

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From the dawn of time to the present, from the days of mammoth hunting to the era of Scud-busting, pictures of war constitute the most persistent genre of images human beings have created. In fact, human beings are the only creatures who engage in these two activities?organized violence and the making of pictorial images?and the author shows how both art and war emerge from the same source: the hunter's eye.

This book explores and analyzes the thirteen thousand-year legacy of ...

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Overview

From the dawn of time to the present, from the days of mammoth hunting to the era of Scud-busting, pictures of war constitute the most persistent genre of images human beings have created. In fact, human beings are the only creatures who engage in these two activities—organized violence and the making of pictorial images—and the author shows how both art and war emerge from the same source: the hunter's eye.

This book explores and analyzes the thirteen thousand-year legacy of pictures of war from various cultures over the centuries, from the Stone Age cave paintings and monumental sculpture of the ancient Near East to the art of the classical period and the Middle Ages, from pre-contact Mesoamerican imagery to Napoleonic propaganda and totalitarian art and on to the instantaneous images of the Gulf War.

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"There have been countless books on revolutions in warfare. David Perlmutter has written an extraordinarily important book on what is permanent in warfare and on the relationship between the permanent and the transitory. By looking at war through the prism of images that humans have created to prepresent warfare, Perlmutter has plumbed the relationship between the experience of war, imagining war, and the evolution of warfare. He has gone beyond ordinary books about warfare to consider the relationship between war and the human condition. Visions of War is more than a contribution to the study of warfare. It is an important contribution of the study of war as a dimension of human exsistence." —George Friedman, Chairman of Stratfo and author of The Future of War
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This book explores and analyzes the 13,000-year history of pictures of war spanning from Stone Age cave paintings and the monumental sculpture of the ancient Near East to the art of the classical period and the Middle Ages, from pre-contact Mesoamerican imagery to Napoleonic propaganda and totalitarian art, and on to the instantaneous images of the Gulf War. Perlmutter teaches mass communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312273323
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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David D. Perlmutter is currently area head for political communication at the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He is the author of Photojournalism and Foreign Policy and has published articles in a number of scholarly journals, including Historical Methods, Visual Anthropology, and Journal of Communication.

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