Postmodern War: The New Politics of Conflict

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Guilford Press, 1997 - Political Science - 314 pages
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From Operation Desert Storm to the conflict in Bosnia, computerization and other scientific advances have brought about a revolution in warfare. This book shows how our high-tech age has spawned both increasingly powerful weapons and a rhetoric that disguises their apocalyptic potential in catch phrases like "smart weapons, " "cyberwar, " and "bloodless combat." A skillful combination of trenchant cultural study, provocative illustrations, and engrossing military, technical, and historical analysis, Postmodern War sheds new light on the ways we conceptualize and conduct war today. Analyzing the dynamics of conflicts from Afghanistan to Vietnam, Gray reveals the human forces of nationalism, greed, fear, and images of masculinity beneath the surface of trendy military doctrines such as "pure war" and "infowar." If we can identify and challenge the discourses of war, he persuasively argues, we can propose new discourses to replace them.

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"The story of modern war is...a tale of the decline of moderation in war," writes Gray (Univ. of Great Falls, Montana). War is not just in transition, he argues, but in crisis; the U.S. military ... Read full review

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Chris Hables Gray, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies of Science and Technology and of Computer Science at the University of Great Falls in Montana. He has been a fellow at the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities, a NASA History Fellow, and an Eisenhower Fellow at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, and has worked extensively as a consultant and writer in the computer industry.

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