Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity

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Wesleyan University Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 267 pages
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In this original and controversial book, historian and philosopher Reviel Netz explores the development of a controlling and pain-inducing technology—barbed wire. Surveying its development from 1874 to 1954, Netz describes its use to control cattle during the colonization of the American West and to control people in Nazi concentration camps and the Russian Gulag. Physical control over space was no longer symbolic after 1874.

This is a history told from the perspective of its victims. With vivid examples of the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment, this dramatic account of barbed wire presents modern history through the lens of motion being prevented. Drawing together the history of humans and animals, Netz delivers a compelling new perspective on the issues of colonialism, capitalism, warfare, globalization, violence, and suffering. Theoretically sophisticated but written with a broad readership in mind, Barbed Wire calls for nothing less than a reconsideration of modernity.
  

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Contents

EXPANSION
1
CONFRONTATION
11
CONTAINMENT
128
Epilogue
228
Notes
239
References
245
Index
261
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REVIEL NETZ is Associate Professor at Stanford University, teaching history and the philosophy of science. His books include The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: A Study in Cognitive History (1999) and the forthcoming Archimedes: Translation and Commentary.

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