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Intimate History of Killing: Face-To-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare

Intimate History of Killing: Face-To-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare (Paperback)

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It is almost universally accepted among writers on warfare that battle is a terrible experience, and that men who fight are at the very least sobered, and often deeply traumatized, by the horrors of combat. Bourke uses the letters, diaries, memoirs and reports of veterans from three conflicts - World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War - to establish a picture of the man-at-arms. What she suggests is that the structure of war encourages pleasure in killing, and that perfectly ordinary, gentle human beings can become enthusiastic killes without becoming "brutalized". Bourke forces the reader to face some disconcerting truths about society that can so easliy organize itself for war.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesViolence in societyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySocial theory Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 06/03/2000 ISBN-13: 9781862073210  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Joanna Bourke is Reader in History at Birkbeck College, University of London. An Intimate History of Killing was awarded the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History 1998.

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