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Between War and Politics


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1. Introduction ; 2. Violence and Power, Politics and War ; 3. Who Is Revealed in War? History, War and Storytelling ; 4. The Boomerang Effect: On the Imperial Origins of Total War ; 5. 'How Dangerous it Can Be to be Innocent': War and the Law ; 6. Rage against Hypocrisy: On Liberal Wars for Human Rights ; 7. Beyond Strauss, Lies and the War in Iraq: A Critique of Neoconservativism ; 8. The Humanitarian Condition? On War and Making a Global Public ; Conclusion ; Index

About the Author

Dr. Patricia Owens is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London. Before taking up that post in 2007 she was Departmental Lecturer in Strategic Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations and Seton-Watson Research Fellow in International Relations at Oriel College, University of Oxford.


Review from previous edition proves there will continue to be a long and fruitful relationship among scholars, readers, and Arendt's body of work. Patricia Owens...takes on Arendt's familiar conceptual distinctions and categories. She breathes new life into them by using Arendt's often-underemphasized writings on war to understand the importance of her thought to international relations. [Owens] provides her reader with new perspectives on many aspects of Arendts thought...A book this good deserves more readers than it will probably get. * Perspectives on Political Science *
With exemplary clarity, Between War and Politics reveals the relevance of Hannah Arendt's thought for a host of contemporary debates in international relations and international law. It also reveals the degree to which the question of war informed Arendt's political thinking more generally. What Owens has accomplished in this regard is nothing less than extraordinary: a reading of the full range of Arendt's writings which replaces the abstract opposition between war and violence (on the one hand) and a normative conception of "authentic" political relations (on the other) with something far more nuanced, insightful, and productive. Between War and Politics is a book all future scholars, critics, and students of Arendt's political thought will have to conjure with. It forever alters the profile of a theorist we thought we knew well. * Dana Villa, Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory, University of Notre Dame *
A well-written, cogently argued and entirely persuasive account of Arendt's sustained but largely ignored engagement with war and violence, and how it provides a key to many of her most important political and philosophical ideas. * Richard Ned Lebow, James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government, Dartmouth College *

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