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Why War? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez

ISBN-10: 0226763889
ISBN-13: 9780226763880
Edition: 2006
Authors: Philip Smith
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Description: Why did America invade Iraq? Why do nations choose to fight certain wars and not others? How do we bring ourselves to believe that the sacrifice of our troops is acceptable? For most, the answers to these questions are tied to struggles for power or  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Why did America invade Iraq? Why do nations choose to fight certain wars and not others? How do we bring ourselves to believe that the sacrifice of our troops is acceptable? For most, the answers to these questions are tied to struggles for power or resources and the machinations of particular interest groups. Philip Smith argues that this realist answer to the age-old "why war?" question is insufficient. Instead, Smith suggests that every war has its roots in the ways we tell and interpret stories. Comprised of case studies of the War in Iraq, the Gulf War, and the Suez Crisis, Why War? decodes the cultural logic of the narratives that justify military action. Each nation, Smith argues, makes use of binary codes—good and evil, sacred and profane, rational and irrational, to name a few. These codes, in the hands of political leaders, activists, and the media, are deployed within four different types of narratives—mundane, tragic, romantic, or apocalyptic. With this cultural system, Smith is able to radically recast our "war stories" and show how nations can have vastly different understandings of crises as each identifies the relevant protagonists and antagonists, objects of struggle,nbsp;and threats and dangers. The large-scale sacrifice of human lives necessary in modern war, according to Smith, requires an apocalyptic vision of world events. In the case of the War in Iraq, for example, he argues that the United States and Britain replicated a narrative of impending global doom from the Gulf War. But in their apocalyptic account they mistakenly made the now seemingly toothless Saddam Hussein once again a symbol of evil by writing him into the story alongside al Qaeda, resulting in the war's contestation in the United States, Britain, and abroad. Offering an innovative approach to understanding how major wars are packaged, sold, and understood, Why War? will be applauded by anyone with an interest in military history, political science, cultural studies, and communication.

Acknowledgments
Why War?: Theorizing the Role of Culture and Civil Discourse
Investigating Culture in War: Methodology, Causality, Case Studies, and Data
The Suez Crisis of 1956
The Gulf War of 1991
The War in Iraq of 2003
War and Narrative
Postscript
Notes
References
Index

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