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Modernity and War

Has globalisation eroded the state's monopoly on legitimate violence? And how is the idea of 'modern war' evolving?

Dr Mary Kaldor will be addressing these questions at a free public lecture at LSE next Tuesday, 15 February.

She comments: 'Modern war is intimately linked to the modern state and in particular the monopolisation of legitimate forms of violence. The modern form of war was viewed as a secular rational activity to be waged by states and states alone.

'War was a collective activity and was contrasted with the rule of law, individual rights, and politics, which took place within the state. The lecture will trace the evolution of modern war and the impact of globalisation.'

Mary Kaldor is director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE and author of New and Old Wars: Organised violence in a global era (1999).

This lecture is part of the modernity series which seeks to look at ways in which globalisation is changing the contexts of everyday life. It will take place in the Old Theatre, LSE, Houghton Street at 6pm, and is open to all.


Note to Editors

If you would like to attend this lecture please contact the Press Office on 020 7955 7060.

11 February 2000