Empire of defense : race and the cultural politics of permanent war (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Empire of defense : race and the cultural politics of permanent war

Author: Joseph Darda
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Empire of Defense is an extensive and multilayered critique of the past seventy years of American military engagement. Joseph Darda exposes how the post-World War II formation of the Department of Defense and the subsequent Korean War set a course for decades of permanent conflict. Conflict, which the United States, he argues, ingeniously reframed as the defense of humanity from illiberal beliefs and behaviors.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Darda
ISBN: 9780226632896 022663289X 9780226632926 022663292X
OCLC Number: 1051682763
Description: 267 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: A perpetual wartime footing --
How to tell a permanent war story --
Antiwar liberalism against liberal war --
Dispatches from the drug wars --
Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome with human rights --
The craft of counterinsurgent whiteness --
Epilogue: Defense in the Fifth Domain.
Other Titles: Race and the cultural politics of permanent war
Responsibility: Joseph Darda.

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Empire of Defense is an extensive and multilayered critique of the past seventy years of American military engagement. Joseph Darda exposes how the post-World War II formation of the Department of Defense and the subsequent Korean War set a course for decades of permanent conflict. Conflict, which the United States, he argues, ingeniously reframed as the defense of humanity from illiberal beliefs and behaviors. Empire of Defense shows how a string of rationales for war from the 1940s to the present-- anticommunism, crime control, humanitarianism, and counterterrorism-- paved the way for unprecedented military growth that secured rather than dismantled the existing racial order. A wide range of writers, filmmakers, and journalists - from I. F. Stone and Ishmael Reed to Stanley Kubrick and June Jordan - have struggled to tell the story of war without end, and Darda reveals how that struggle itself tells the bigger story. He draws a clear line from the Cold War to the War on Terror and makes sense of our collective cultural efforts to recognize the not-so-new normal of nonstop military empire-building.

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"In Empire of Defense, Darda shows how the idea of 'defense' became a logic for ongoing American war. This idea also fueled a racial ordering by defining who was, and who was not, worthy of defense. Read more...

 
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