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Title
Modernity, boredom, and war : a suggestive essay
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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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Review of international studies. - Cambridge, 1981, currens
Publication
Cambridge : 2011
ISSN
0260-2105 [print]
1469-9044 [online]
Volume/pages
37:4(2011), p. 1775-1792
ISI
000296061200015
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 03.09.2017
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