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Modernity and War: The Creed of Absolute Violence
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Modernity and War explores and assesses the development of war in the modern period. The book examines the contradiction between the optimistic view of social progress in the West and the actual involvement of Western states in mass violence. The author explains the violence of the modern form of war by analysing cultural trends in Western states and their connections to racism, nationalism and narcissism. The text also explains how the practice of air warfare distances Western citizens from the consequences of contemporary military violence.

PHILIP K. LAWRENCE is Professor of International Politics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is also the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science. Previously he has taught at the University of Wales, Swansea, the University of Queensland and East Anglia University. In addition to three previous books, Philip Lawrence has published many articles on war and military strategy in top journals, including Political Studies, Review of International Studies, International Affairs, Australian Journal of Politics and History and Theory and Society. He has also contributed to a number of prestigious collection. Currently he is working on a monograph on European security and an edited collection on globalization.

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