Category Archives: Atrocities

War and Conflict in the Early Modern World – U.S. Release

I am pleased to report that my new book, War and Conflict in the Early Modern World (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2016),  has been released in the United States. Here is the brief book description (blurb): In this latest addition to … Continue reading

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On Brutality and Executions

Lynchings of African-Americans have been in the news over the past week, since President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast (see my previous post) produced a sustained media discussion of brutality and executions. Now, the New York Times reports … Continue reading

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A French September 11?

The cover of Le Monde, the leading French newspaper, displayed a photo of the spontaneous rally at the place de la République on Wednesday evening, 7 January, following the horrific attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo earlier in the … Continue reading

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Massacre of Journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical publication in Paris, was attacked by terrorists this morning. Two gunmen reportedly entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing ten people and wounding more. The gunmen then exited the building and opened … Continue reading

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Torture and Secrecy

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) tortured detainees.  CIA agents and interrogators used a variety of brutal and inhumane methods to torture terrorism suspects during repeated coercive interrogations. Those are the findings of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Committee … Continue reading

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Civilian Casualties in Drone Attacks

Drone attacks by the United States have killed hundreds of civilians, according to a new study by the human-rights organization Reprieve. The Guardian reports that: “Reprieve, sifting through reports compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, examined cases in which … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Anti-War Films

As the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War approaches, films about the conflict are being re-examined.  Perhaps the most famous film about the First World War is Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), based … Continue reading

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