War and the 20th Century; A Study of War and Modern Consciousness

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War has been the defining theme of the 20th century. It has dominated our imagination; it has influenced our political language; it has shaped and determined our view of history. This study sets out to look at the modern consciousness and war in terms of a number of themes: our view of the 20th century; our understanding of modernity; our attitude to the meaning or meaninglessness of history; our trust or distrust of science; our psychological presuppositions. Towards the end of the book the author also looks at ...
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War has been the defining theme of the 20th century. It has dominated our imagination; it has influenced our political language; it has shaped and determined our view of history. This study sets out to look at the modern consciousness and war in terms of a number of themes: our view of the 20th century; our understanding of modernity; our attitude to the meaning or meaninglessness of history; our trust or distrust of science; our psychological presuppositions. Towards the end of the book the author also looks at the often tragic nature of the encounter between the western and non-western worlds. Throughout the study the discussion is anchored to several seminal themes or works drawn from a wide spectrum of American and European authors in the fields of literature and philosophy. Western culture has been deeply influenced - both consciously and unconsciously by its experience of conflict, in particular the two World Wars and the Cold War that followed them. This study illustrates why, in the course of the 20th century, war became the accredited theme of modern life.
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An examination of the influence that war--in particular the World Wars and the Cold War--has had on the Western world's imagination, political language, understanding of history, trust or distrust of science, and modern consciousness. Each chapter draws heavily on a spectrum of American and European philosophers and authors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857530551
  • Publisher: Brassey's UK, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/15/1993
  • Edition description: 1st English ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
1 War and the 20th Century 1
2 On Consciousness and Modernity in Modern War 29
3 War and the Human Condition 56
4 War and the Meaning of History 98
5 War and the Futility of History 126
6 20th Century War and the Aesthetic Imagination 160
7 Waiting for the End of the World 197
8 Savage Wars of Peace: The West Encounters the Non-Western World 226
9 Not the End of the World News 257
Chapter Notes 262
Index 301
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