Liberal democracies have always accepted the need to go to war, despite the fact that war can undermine liberal values. Wars may be won or lost, not only on the battlefield, but in the perceptions of the publics who pay for them. Presentation is therefore increasingly important.
Starting with the First World War, the first major war fought by liberal democracies after the emergence on mass media, Liberal Democracies at War explores the relationship between representations of liberal violence and the ways in which the liberal state understands 'rights' in war. Experts in the field explore crucial questions such as:
* How have the violences of war perpetrated in their names been communicated to publics of liberal democracies?
* How have representations of conflict changed over time?
* How far have the victims of liberal wars been able to insert their stories into the record?
Andrew Knapp is Professor of French Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Reading, UK. Hilary Footitt is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Reading, UK.
1. Introduction Andrew Knapp and Hilary Footitt Part One: Liberal Democracies at War 2. Mapping Visual Violence in Germany, France and Britain, 1914-18 Joelle Beurier 3. The Allied Bombing Offensive in the British Media, 1942-45 Andrew Knapp 4. 'I would too, wouldn't you?' Regarding the Deaths of Others During the Vietnam War Kendrick Oliver 5. Clean War, Invisible War, Liberal War: The Clean and Dirty Politics of Guantanamo Elspeth Van Veeren Part Two: Violence and War 6. `At least I Stayed Decent': Invisible Violences, Interrogation and Representation in Post-War Germany Simona Tobia 7. Wartime Rape: The Politics of Making Visible Joanna Bourke 8. The Underside of `Occupation' Hilary Footitt Part Three: The Victims' Gaze 9. Writing War in the Enemy Tongue: Symbolism, Realism and Surrealism in Francophone Novels of Algeria's War of Independence Sara Poole 10. `We Teach Life, Sir': States of Siege, Youth and Filmed Testimony Caroline Rooney and Rita Sakr 11. Femininity, Feminism and the Representation of Torture Sue Malvern Index