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Modernity and War

Modernity Series

Date: Tuesday 15 February 2000
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre
Speaker: Mary Kaldor

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 extremist tendencies of war, as expounded by Clausewitz, provided the social basis for totalitarianism. The lecture will trace the evolution of modern war and how war has changed under the impact of globalisation and the erosion of the monopoly of legitimate violence.

Mary Kaldor is director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance.

Free event and open to all, no ticket needed. For further information please email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043