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Wounding the World How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives by Joanna Bourke
  

Wounding the World How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives

The Real World   

Sue Baker's view...

2014 being the anniversary year of the beginning of the “Great War” Joanna Bourke’s book examining war and military might is a timely one. Do we as a nation celebrate war, are we a militarised society? Joanna Bourke thinks we are – think of current conflicts, war films, re-enactment societies, children’s toys to just scrape the surface. Besides the suffering of the so called enemy and warrior alike – the vast amounts of money that go into the military industry is unbelievable. With the arguments put forward here we have the facts behind the violence done in our name and as Krishnamurti said “To understand is to transform what is”.

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Wounding the World How Military Violence and War-play Invades our Lives by Joanna Bourke

Wars are frequently justified 'in our name'. Militarist values and practices co-opt us, permeating our language, invading our dream space, entertaining us at the movies or in front of game consoles. Our taxes pay for those war machines. Our loved ones are killed and maimed. With killing now an integral part of the entertainment industry in video games and Hollywood films, war has become mainstream. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the First World War, and with it comes a deluge of books, documentaries, feature films and radio programmes. We will hear a great deal about the horror of the battlefield. Bourke acknowledges wider truths: war is unending and violence is deeply entrenched in our society. But it doesn't have to be this way. This book equips readers with an understanding of the history, culture and politics of warfare in order to interrogate and resist an increasingly violent world.

About the Author

Joanna Bourke is a professor of history at Birkbeck College in London. Her book An Intimate History of Killing received critical acclaim, winning the Wolfson History Prize.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th November 2014

Author

Joanna Bourke

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Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Violence in society
Warfare & defence
Military history

ISBN

9780349004327

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