Civilization and Savagery

Brett Bowden

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    It has been suggested that civilization and war share a common heritage, that ‘the cradle of civilization is also war’s cradle’.3 It has also been suggested that there ‘is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism’ or savagery.4 This contention is thought to be particularly pertinent when applied to situations of armed conflict or the theatre of war. These suppositions are two key strands in the web of ideas linking civilization, savagery and war. Adding to the complexity of this relationship is the fact that the constituent components – civilization, savagery and war – are complex matters in and of themselves. With that in mind, this chapter seeks to situate and explain the concepts of civilization and savagery, particularly in the context of times of war.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare
    Editors George Kassimeris and John Buckley
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
    ISBN (Print)9780754674108
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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