Shadows of War Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0520242416

ISBN-13: 9780520242418

Edition: 2004

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In this provocative and compelling examination of the deep politics of war, Carolyn Nordstrom takes us from the immediacy of war-zone survival, through the offices of power brokers, to vast extra-legal networks that fuel war and international profiteering. She captures the human face of the front lines, revealing both the visible and the hidden realities of war in the twenty-first century.Shadows of Waris grounded in ethnographic research carried out at the epicenters of political violence on several continents. Its pages are populated not only with the perpetrators and victims of war but also with the scoundrels, silent heroes, and average families who live their lives in the midst of explosive violence. War reconfigures our most basic notions of humanity, Nordstrom demonstrates. This book, of crucial importance at the present moment, shows that war is enmeshed in struggles over the very foundations of the sovereign state, the crafting of economic empires both legal and illegal, and innovative searches for peace. Nordstrom describes the multi-trillion-dollar international financial networks that support warfare. She traces the entangled routes by which illegal drugs, precious gems, weapons, basic food supplies, and pharmaceuticals are moved by an international cast of businesspeople, profiteers, and black-market operators.Shadows of Wardemonstrates how the experiences of both the architects of war and of ordinary people are deleted from media accounts and replaced with stories about soldiers, weapons, and territory. For the first time, this book retrieves from the shadows the faces of those whose stories seldom reach the light of international recognition.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introductions
Prologue
A Conversation in a Bar at the Front
Making Things Invisible
War
Finding the Front Lines
Violence
Power
Shadows
Entering the Shadows
A First Exploratory Definition of the Shadows
The Cultures of the Shadows: The Meat, Potatoes, Diamonds, and Guns of Daily Life
Peace?
The Institutionalization of the Shadows: (Habits of War Mar Landscapes of Peace)
The Autobiography of a Man Called Peace
The Time of Not-War-Not-Peace
Peace
The Problems with Peace
Dangerous Profits
Ironies in the Shadows: (Literally) Untold Profits and a Key Source of Development
Why Don't We Study the Shadows?
Epilogue: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Postscript: The War of the Month Club--Iraq
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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