Title
Modernity, boredom, and war : a suggestive essayModernity, boredom, and war : a suggestive essay
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
International Politics
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Review of international studies. - Cambridge, 1981, currens
Volume/pages
37(2011):4, p. 1775-1792
ISSN
0260-2105
1469-9044
ISI
000296061200015
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The quest for perpetual peace is a modern phenomenon, associated with a progressive view of history which emerged only in the Enlightenment. In addition, boredom a feeling of ennui associated with a loss of the ability to act is a fundamental mood of the modern age. Modern societies are thus, simultaneously, becoming more peaceful and their inhabitants are becoming more bored. As a means of overcoming our boredom, we are increasingly fascinated by violence, and war is glorified as a means of restoring our ability to act. Empirical illustrations of this thesis are drawn from World War I and from the Bush administration's global War on Terror.
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