Book Review: Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914–1945, by Enzo Traverso.

GOLDIE, Chris (2017). Book Review: Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914–1945, by Enzo Traverso. The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development, 3 (1).

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    Abstract

    Fire and Blood aims to establish the validity of a European civil war, 1914-45 as an historical period. It argues that all “participants” whether civilians or belligerents were governed by its precepts, and that all modes of critical thinking, ethical discourse, artistic and cultural representation and political theory were drawn into its ambit, foreclosing on the possibility of thinking outside of its logic. From this logic flows its use of sources such as Carl Schmitt, its interpretation of violence, and its assessment of the contradictions of antifascism. There is an extensive discussion of the phenomenology of civil war, characterised by limitless violence and novel forms of conflict. The review considers critically the book’s periodisation and the tension it creates between the identification of geopolitical historical processes and those of an apparently transhistorical character.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Media Arts and Communication
    Depositing User: Chris Goldie
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 13:08
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 15:34
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17253

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