Call for Book Editor
Richard Koenigsberg has contracted with a major scholarly publisher to create and develop a Book Series entitled:
IDEOLOGIES OF WAR, GENOCIDE AND TERROR: Sources and Meanings of Political Violence in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
We seek an Editor for the first volume of this series entitled:
DYING AND KILLING FOR NATIONS: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
This interdisciplinary volume will consist of papers from creative scholars presenting research, insights and theories from the fields of history, anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology and military studies-with the goal of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.
Key elements of this position involve receiving and evaluating submissions, working with authors to refine their contributions, and helping authors deliver articles according to guidelines provided by the publisher.
PLEASE RESPOND VIA EMAIL TO RAKoenigsberg@earthlink.net and/or call 718-393-1081 telling us why you are qualified for this project and how you can contribute significantly to its success.
A description of the volume appears directly below:
With best regards,
Description of the First Volume of the book series:
Dying and Killing for Nations: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
Nearly one-hundred million people died in the Twentieth Century as a result of wars initiated by states. In the years before September 11, 2001, the power of the institution of warfare seemed to be diminishing. Boundaries between nations weakened as the global village predicted by Marshall McLuhan began to emerge. Recently, however, we have returned to a world dominated by ideologies of conflict and political violence.
Journalists and historians produce accounts of the massive violence generated by warfare. But do we really understand why wars have occurred and continue to occur? This volume will present research and theoretical perspectives interrogating the causes and meanings of warfare.
Because wars have recurred throughout history, people often conceive of this activity as an immutable element of society, even as human nature. Viewing war as a socially constructed institution, this volume seeks to understand why human beings have created and become attached to a form of behavior whose primary product is destruction and self-destruction.
Some scholars suggest that political violence today differs from previous forms of violence in that groups no longer seek to achieve concrete goals, but rather die and kill in the name of sacred ideals. This volume builds on the assumption that warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries always has represented a clash or competition between sacred symbols. Collective acts of violence have occurred-are considered legitimate and righteous-when undertaken in the name of idealized objects given names like "France," "Germany," and "America."
This interdisciplinary volume will consist of articles presenting the insights of scholars from the fields of history, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology-with the objective of illuminating the causes and meanings of an institution or activity whose persistence threatens the survival of the human species.
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