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Reflections on Violence

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ISBN-10: 1859841155

ISBN-13: 9781859841150

Edition: 1996

Authors: John Keane

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Genocidal wars, concentration camps, firebombed cities, spreading plagues of private blood-letting: the twentieth century has seen more than its fair share of violence, planned and unplanned, with prospects of still more to come. And yet, argues John Keane, among the paradoxes of this long century of violence is the paucity of imaginative reflection on the conceptual meaning, cause and effects, and ethical-political implications of violence itself.Comparable to Hannah Arendt’s classic On Violence, Keane’s book challenges this indifference. It throws fresh light on the notion that we are drifting towards a “new middle ages” marked by uncivil wars sanctioned by decentralized powers—warlords,…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 5/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Renowned globally for his creative thinking about democracy, John Keane is Professor of Politics at the University of Sydney and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). Among his best-known recent books are Global Civil Society? (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Violence and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and the highly-acclaimed The Life and Death of Democracy (2009).