In this powerful and passionate critique of the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan and its extensions into Palestine and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East and shows how colonial power continues to cast long shadows over our own present.
- Argues the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that were profoundly colonial in nature.
- The first analysis of the “war on terror” to connect events in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq.
- Traces the connections between geopolitics and the lives of ordinary people.
- Richly illustrated and packed with empirical detail.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: The Colonial Present:.
1.1 Foucault’s Laughter.
1.2 The Present Tense.
Part 2: Architectures of Enmity:.
2.1 Imaginative Geographies.
2.2 “Why do they hate us?”.
2.3 September 11.
Part 3: The Land Where Red Tulips Grew:.
3.1 Great Games.
3.2 Uncivil Wars and Transnational Terrorism.
3.3 The Sorcerer’s Apprentices.
Part 4 Civilization and Barbarism:.
4.1 The Visible and the Invisible.
4.2 Territorialization, Targets, and Technoculture.
4.3 Deadly Messengers.
4.4 Spaces of the Exception.
Part 5 Barbed Boundaries:.
5.1 America’s Israel.
5.2 Diaspora, Dispossession, and Disaster.
5.3 Occupation, Coercion, and Colonization.
5.4 Camp David and Goliath.
Part 6: Defiled Cities:.
6.1 Ground Zeros.
6.2 Besieging Cartographies.
6.3 Identities and Oppositions.
Part 7: The Tyranny of Strangers:.
7.1 “Not as conquerors or enemies…”.
7.2 Coups and Conflicts.
7.3 Desert Storms and Urban Nightmares.
Part 8: Boundless War:.
8.1 Black September.
8.2 Killing Grounds.
8.3 The Cutting-room War.
Part 9: Gravity’s Rainbows:.
9.1 Connective Dissonance.
9.2 The Colonial Present and Cultures of Travel.
9.3 Pandora’s Spaces.
Guide to Further Reading.