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by considering adopting it as a text or required reading for one of your


Dear Colleague,

I developed the Special Issue of PEACE STUDIES (Taylor and Francis) on the
"Psychological Interpretation of War" in order to bring insight to bear upon
sources of collective forms of violence. Isn't it astonishing that the
public domain contains abundant commentary on the pathologies and conflicts
of individuals (e. g., Oprah and Dr. Phil); yet so little analysis of the
psychic sources of collective pathologies and conflicts that threaten the
survival of the human race?

Theories of "rational choice" prevail even as it becomes evident that
leaders and societies scarcely comprehend why they perform actions that
bring forth little more than destruction and self-destruction. The
effectiveness of "conflict resolution" diminishes in the face of the
realization that people often have no desire to resolve conflicts, but
rather obtain perverse gratification by generating chaos and death.


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Essays in this Special Issue I believe are among the best and most
insightful ever published on the dynamics of war, terror and other forms of
collective violence. We have received positive feedback on this issue from
scholars and educators from throughout the world. I urge you to consider
adopting this volume as a text or required reading for one of your Fall 2006
or Spring 2007 courses.

If you are not yet teaching such a course, why not develop one? It is
imperative that we bring insight, understanding and knowledge to bear upon
the current civilizational crisis.

I have listed below some of the articles that appear in the special
issue-with a few excerpts. We hope you will take advantage of this
opportunity to study this important publication in order to consider it for
use in one of your courses.

With best regards,

Richard Koenigsberg

P. S. This volume is highly recommended for courses on:

Political Psychology
Political Conflict and Violence
War and Society
Peace Studies
Violence, Cruelty and Hatred
Martyrdom and Sacrifice
War and Peace Studies
Psychoanalysis of Violence and Conflict


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Memorialization and the Selling of War
Deborah D. Buffton, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, La
War is so closely connected with the identity of nations that participation
in war is a necessary action to show one's devotion to the country;
conversely, a society cannot consider itself "alive" if its citizens are not
willing to die for it. Fighting and dying for one's country becomes the
means through which a society is "cleansed," "purified" and indeed
"resurrected." On the eve of World War I, many European countries feared
what they saw as the degeneration and degradation of their societies, linked
to the loss of "virile, manly" virtues. War was seen as the necessary
antidote to this malady.

The Manic Ecstasy of War
Wendy C. Hamblet, Professor of Philosophy, Adelphi University, New York
War can be said to satisfy collective fantasies of manic omnipotence and the
drive for self-sacrifice for sacred values. Perhaps the wars of modernity
occur with such rabid frequency because people must satisfy their suppressed
lust for a sexualized release from the cold reality of state projects, the
utilitarian "reasons of state." By the killing of enemies, propagandized as
"evil," the collective illusion is fed that evil is overthrown: thus the
sanctity of the love object is preserved.


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Humiliation and the Global War on Terror
Paul Saurette, Assistant Professor at the School of Political Studies at the
University of Ottawa, Canada
Bin-Laden explicitly stated that the main purpose of the 9/11 attacks was
the psychological humiliation it visited on the U.S. Speaking in March 2003,
he stated that the attackers

smashed the American idols and damaged its very heart, the Pentagon. They
struck the very heart of the American economy, rubbed America's nose in the
dirt and dragged its pride through the mud. The towers of New York
collapsed, and their collapse precipitated an even greater debacle: the
collapse of the myth of America the great power and the collapse of the myth
of democracy.

>From this perspective, the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq served not only
military purposes, but psychological ones as well. The strategy of 'shock
and awe' answered the perceived humiliation of 9/11: 'You who have
humiliated us will in turn be shocked and humiliated by our power. You, and
the rest of the world, will feel awe at our power and thus respect us
because we have humiliated you'.

Sacrifice, Transcendence and the Soldier
Babak Rahimi, Assistant Professor of Iranian and Islamic Studies at the
University of California at San Diego
The "martyr" gives "us life" since he conquers his natural, biological
process of living as a human being, the process of birth, maturing, aging
and dying, by attaining a new form of life, the sort that is beyond his
individual existence, beyond the here-and-now, a transcendental being that
identifies the permanent status of the collective body that is the nation.


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Group Psychology, Sacrifice and War
Norman Steinhart, M.D., Instructor and Research Fellow at the McLuhan
Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto, Canada

War and the Religious Will to Sacrifice
Patrick Porter, Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in
London and a Tutor in Modern History at the University of Oxford

The Mythology of War
Dr Andrew Robinson, Political theorist and discourse analyst based at the
University of Nottingham

Dominance and Submission in Postmodern War Imagery
Myra Mendible, Associate Professor of American Studies at Florida Gulf Coast
Warrior codes are tied to the male's desire for glory and honor achieved
through military heroism and other displays of physical strength and
domination. Warrior cultures throughout history have constructed codes of
behavior that privilege qualities associated with masculinity-strength,
courage, reason, and honor. It is my contention that gender metaphors-the
threat of being "made woman" or humiliated-is the subtext that underwrites a
history of State-sponsored violence and intercultural hostilities.

Guilt and Sacrifice in U.S. Warfare
Carl Mirra teaches American Studies at SUNY College, Old Westbury

Male Gender Instability and War
Jeannette Marie Mageo, Professor of Anthropology, Washington State

Combat Motivation
Johan M.G. van der Dennen, senior researcher on war and peace at the
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

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