The Name of War

Sun Aug 31 21:48:37 2008
In her excellent book, The Name of War, Jill Lepore points out that inter-cultural conflicts tend to escalate and are far more violent than intra-cultural conflicts. Her explanation is that with intra-cultural conflicts both sides understand the “rules” of war and abide by them. They are looking for conflict resolution within an established social system that both sides need to support. Inter-cultural conflicts do not have a shared set of “rules” or a shared social system. As a result perceived “rule violations” occur on both sides leading much greater levels of violence and brutality.

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~ by severalfourmany on August 31, 2008.

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