War Machine: The Rationalisation of Slaughter in the Modern Age

War Machine: The Rationalisation of Slaughter in the Modern Age

by Daniel Pick
     
 
This fascinating book examines Western perceptions of war in and beyond the nineteenth century, surveying the writings of novelists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, poets, natural scientists, and journalists to trace the origins of modern philosophies about the nature of war and conflict.

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This fascinating book examines Western perceptions of war in and beyond the nineteenth century, surveying the writings of novelists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, poets, natural scientists, and journalists to trace the origins of modern philosophies about the nature of war and conflict.

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Pick (history, U. of London) traces the history of modern thought on the nature of military conflict, bringing together philosophical and historical models of war with fictions of invasions, propaganda, interpretations of shellshock, the relationship between machinery and destruction, and speculations about the biological value of conquest--the pervasive European belief that war is beneficial or at least functionally necessary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300054170
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.18(d)

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