Civilized Fictions: Warfare and Civilization in Enlightenment Thought

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Title Civilized Fictions: Warfare and Civilization in Enlightenment Thought
Author Buchan, Bruce Alexander
Journal Name Alternatives: Global, Local, Political
Editor Walker, R.B.J.
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract In range of recent articles, Barry Hindess has explored the intellectual foundations of European perceptions of other peoples as different from and in need of European models of government and society. In particular, he has focused on the European “conceit” of superior, more rapid, and more sophisticated historical development or civilization. In this article, I will take up Hindess' view of European civilization as a conceit, and explore its deployment in relation to the influential idea of civilized war in Enlightenment political thought. In particular, I will trace the articulation of this conceit in Voltaire’s account of the battle of Fontenoy on May 11, 1745. I will argue that Voltaire’s account of the battle shows that the European notion of civilized war was not only a conceit but a fiction.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 36
Issue Number 1
Page from 64
Page to 71
ISSN 0304-3754
Date Accessioned 2011-07-19
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject International Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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