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

by Joanna Bourke

The Real World

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

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.

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ISBN: 9780349004327
Publication date: 13/11/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349004327
Publication date: 13th November 2014
Author: Joanna Bourke
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: The Real World,
Categories: Violence in society, Warfare & defence, Military history,

About Joanna Bourke

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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