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War



Whether sanctioned by an established state or incited by a loosely organized civilian group, whether started for an alleged noble cause or pure community survival, war is an extremely violent, chaotic, unpredictable, and traumatic series of local and large-scale struggles for power with long-term intergenerational, environmental, and communal repercussions. Both the causes and effects for any war are never simple or clearly defined, nor are they always easily understood. Every culture has its own strong mythos about the purpose and glory of war, and it can be difficult to try to make sense of the reality of war with the ideals, principles, and propaganda of those beliefs.

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Zainab Salbi: Women, Wartime and the Dream of Peace

In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.

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Thank You for Your Service

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge”.

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The Myth of Religious Violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple

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FindCenterWars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

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'What Were They Like?' Denise Levertov - Analysis for Gcse Edexcel Conflict

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Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence

In these times of rising geopolitical chaos, the need for mutual understanding between cultures has never been more urgent. Religious differences are seen as fuel for violence and warfare.

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Einstein’s Letter to Freud About the Psychology of War and Governance

Einstein admired Freud’s work and believed that some of his psychological ideas could help him unravel the eternal problem of man’s affinity for violence.

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FindCenterPeace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

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How People Find Hope in the Midst of War | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

In the video above, Zainab explains how communities learn to operate in such chaotic conditions and even find, in their own way, forms of resistance.

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If the War Goes on . . . Reflections on War and Politics

Herman Hesse remained clear-sighted and consistent in his political views and his passionate espousal of pacifism and the bloody absurdity of war from the start of the First World War to the end of his life.

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