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Civilians at War

From the Fifteenth Century to the Present

We often think of war as creating two different kinds of people: soldiers and civilians. But hasn’t history taught us that this distinction is painfully nebulous? The contributors to this volume, writing from different disciplinary vantages, address a number of important issues connected to the ways in which the social distinctions and divisions surrounding war—especially those that determine participation—play out across different historical and geographical settings. Contextualizing the dichotomy of civilian and combatant against these larger complexities, this book offers a new understanding of the problematic middle ground that civilians occupy during wartime.  

256 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2014

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Table of Contents


War and Social Theory: A Critique of the Fusion Theory in Social Theory - Lars Bo Kaspersen

Genesis of the Civilian in the Western World, 1500–2000 - Gunner Lind

Military and Civilian in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Denmark - Jeppe Büchert Netterstrøm

War Observed at a Distance: Media Coverage and Attitudes to War in Denmark, 1939–1940 - Palle Roslyng-Jensen

Wartime Violence against Civilians: Philosophical Reflections on War Rape - Robin May Schott

Demobilizing Civilians - Steffen Jensen and Finn Stepputat

Notes on Contributors


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