A Darkling Plain: Stories of Conflict and Humanity during War

A Darkling Plain: Stories of Conflict and Humanity during War

By: Kristen Renwick Monroe (author), Jonah Pellecchia (with), Chloe Lampros-Monroe (with)Paperback

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How do people maintain their humanity during wars? Despite its importance, this question receives scant scholarly attention, perhaps because war is overwhelming. The generally accepted belief is that wars bring out the worst in us, pitting one against another. 'War is hell', William Tecumseh Sherman famously noted, and even 'just' wars are massively destructive and inhumane. Since ethics is concerned with discovering what takes us to a morally superior place, one conducive to betterment and happiness - studying what helps people survive wartime trauma thus becomes an extremely valuable enterprise. A Darkling Plain fills an important scholarly void, analyzing wartime stories that reveal much about our capacity to process trauma, heal wounds, reclaim lost spirits, and derive meaning and purpose from the most horrific of personal events.

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Kristen Monroe is an American political scientist specializing in political psychology and the scientific study of ethics. Her work on altruism and moral choice is presented in three award-winning books: The Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity (1994), The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust (2004) and Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity and Moral Choice (2012). Monroe's other work explores issues of gender equality within academia, ethics and stem-cell research, the development of empirical political theory, interdisciplinary work in social science, and how people keep their humanity during war. Monroe is the author or co-editor of fifteen books and nearly 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology, vice president of the American Political Science Association, and book review editor for Political Psychology. Monroe received the 2013 Nevitt Sanford Award for Professional Contributions to Psychology and was a 2012-13 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2010, the American Political Science Association gave Monroe the Ithiel De Sola Pool Award and Lectureship for outstanding work in political science and the Frank Johnson Goodnow Award for service to the profession. The University of California, Irvine, awarded Monroe the 2010 Paul H. Silverman Award for distinguished work in ethics and the 2008 Faculty Senate Award for distinguished research.


Part I: 1. War is hell. War is all hell. Scholarly literature on the unspeakable: literature, methodology, and data; Part II. War and Humanity in World War II: 2. If something's going to get you, it'll get you. Frank, American solider in the South Pacific; 3. Prejudice, bigotry, and hatred. Love and luck. Laura, Holocaust survivor on Schindler's list; 4. Everything went downhill after that. Gunther, refugee and displaced person with an SS father; 5. In the middle of the hailstorm, one doesn't fear for one's own life. The red princess and the July 20 Plot to kill Hitler; 6. Belonging to something. Herb, Austrian Jewish refugee from the Third Reich; 7. Hard to adjust after all that. Grace, interned Japanese American teenager; Part III. Other Voices, Other Wars: From Indochina to Iraq: 8. Best forget about Vietnam. Christopher, Vietnam; 9. For my family. Tuan, South Vietnam; 10. Bad memory, bad feeling. Sara on the Khmer Rouge; 11. Someone loving me. Kimberly on the Khmer Rouge; 12. Collateral damage and the greater good. Doc and the Iraq War; 13. Easily the worst experience of my life. Sebastian on the Iraq War; Part IV. Civil Wars and Genocides, Dictators and Domestic Oppressors: 14. Grandfather had his head cut off. Rose and the Armenian genocide; 15. A resistance to keep you alive. Ngugi on the Mau Mau, anti-colonialism, and homegrown dictators; 16. Stuck in the mud in the middle of a civil war. Fabiola on the Nicaraguan Civil War; 17. Too much was seen. Marie on the Lebanese Civil War; 18. Care about other people. Okello and Idi Amin's Uganda; 19. People suffered great loss. Reza and Afghanistan under the Soviets; 20. Religion mixed with politics creates bad things. Leyla and the Islamic Republic of Iran; Part V. Guarding One's Humanity during Wars and Genocide: 21. The fundamental things apply; Conclusion: the enormity of it all.

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  • publication date: 27/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107690172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 321
  • ID: 9781107690172
  • weight: 450
  • ISBN10: 110769017X

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