Intimate History Of Killing

Basic Books, 9 sep. 1999 - 544 sidor
The characteristic act of men at war is not dying, but killing. Politicians and military historians may gloss over human slaughter, emphasizing the defense of national honor, but for men in active service, warfare means being - or becoming - efficient killers. In An Intimate History of Killing , historian Joanna Bourke asks: What are the social and psychological dynamics of becoming the best ”citizen soldiers?” What kind of men become the best killers? How do they readjust to civilian life?These questions are answered in this groundbreaking new work that won, while still in manuscript, the Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History. Excerpting from letters, diaries, memoirs, and reports of British, American, and Australian veterans of three wars (World War I, World War II, and Vietnam), Bourke concludes that the structure of war encourages pleasure in killing and that perfectly ordinary, gentle human beings can, and often do, become enthusiastic killers without being brutalized.This graphic, unromanticized look at men at war is sure to revise many long-held beliefs about the nature of violence.

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From the ethics of war, I now turn to violence in war. I read this, hoping for a little supplement to David Grossman's 'On Killing', and came away disappointed. A blurb on the back claims that this is ... Läs hela recensionen

AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF KILLING: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare

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Bourke, a Professor of History at Birbeck College, offers an overwrought and overanalyzed look at the supposed attempt to separate killing from warfare in the 20th century. In such chapters as ‘The ... Läs hela recensionen


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