Forged over the course of a century, the connections between war and media run long and deep. As this book reveals, the history of war and its telling has been a battle over public perception. The selection of which stories are told and which are ignored helps justify past battles and ensure future wars. Narratives of protest and pain, defeat and suffering, guilt and abuse struggle to be heard amid the empowering myths of war and heroism. As Robin Andersen argues, the history of struggle between war and its representation has changed the way war is fought and the way we tell the stories of war. Information management, once called censorship and propaganda, has developed in tandem with new media technologies. Now, digital imaging creates virtual battlefields as computer-based technologies transform the weapons of war. Along the way, images on the nightly news, on movie screens, and in video games have turned war into entertainment. In the grip of virtual war, it is difficult to realize the loss of compassion or the consequences for democracy.
This is a story about power, power over entire nations and continents. The story describes the vehicle to that unparalleled power over nations, oil, and the vital role it has played in peace as well as wars in the past century. Henry Kissinger, the former American Secretary of State put it succinctly during the first oil shock of the early 1970's. He declared, "Control the oil and you control entire nations." A thin red line runs through the history of the world since Fashoda, and that is covered in oil and blood. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it is meant to provoke reflection and discussion among those who can see beyond the daily media manipulation of reality that is called news.
A realistic and varied presentation of twentieth-century conflicts at every level and on every continent encompasses full-color photographs, maps, and charts that document modern warfare, from the turn of the century to the most recent wars, written by an expert in the field.
Looks at the interwoven nature of politics and warfare and offers a critical view of modern warfare by exploring the civilian response to the trauma of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
"This book bears witness to the colossal blunders committed during more than a century of war. Yet, while it is a warning, it is also an invitation to mutual understanding. The message is an incisive one, strengthened by wrenching pictures taken by four generations of photographers and combatants on the world's active fronts. Luciano Garibaldi presents readers with terrible documents of courage and horror, of shattered dignity and heroic self-sacrifice, of delirium and nobility that combine vivid reconstruction of events with penetrating analyses of causes and outcomes."--BOOK JACKET.
Balkans into Southeastern Europe 1914 2014
Author: John Lampe
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
The states and peoples of Southeastern Europe have been divided by wars over the twentieth century, but they have since worked to re-establish themselves into the European mainstream. This timely new edition has been revised, updated and expanded in the light of the latest scholarship and recent events.
The tools of our information age--from search engines to data mining to smart appliances--grew directly out of conflicts from World War I to the present day. Explore how today's Information Society reflects a worldview shaped by a century of war