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Barbed Wire : A Political History - Olivier Razac

Barbed Wire

A Political History

Hardcover

Published: 31st July 2002
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No less than the internal combustion engine, the transistor, or the silicon chip, barbed wire is a quintessentially modern invention, a product that has influenced the lives of millions of people across the globe since its invention in the late nineteenth century. Now in paperback, Barbed Wire: A Political History demonstrates that the invention of barbed wire was a major breakthrough with far-reaching consequences. Cheap and mass-produced, barbed wire accomplished what no other product did before it, or has since done more effectively: the control of vast amounts of open space.

Razac describes how barbed wire has been employed in the harnessing of nature, brutal mass warfare, political conquest and repression, and genocide. In a narrative that spans the history of the American frontier, the trenches of World War I, the Holocaust, and beyond, Barbed Wire: A Political History looks unflinchingly at a central and fascinating strand of modern life.


"Razac writes with a cool precision that matches the sharp sting of his subject." -- The Christian Science Monitor "A fascinating read. . . . No one who reads Barbed Wire will look at this stuff the same way again." --Salon.com "[Razac] proves himself the poet of barbed wire. . . . An important, accessible and even beautiful study of this deadly instrument. " --St. Petersburg Times

Introductionp. ix
Three Historical Landmarksp. 1
America: Fencing In the Prairiep. 5
The First World War: The Trenchesp. 32
The Campp. 50
Barbed Wire and the Political Management of Spacep. 71
A Frontier Between Life and Deathp. 75
Guard the Herd and Kill the Beastp. 84
Barbed Wire and Surveillancep. 90
Barbed Wire Todayp. 97
Notesp. 115
Indexp. 125
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ISBN: 9781565847354
ISBN-10: 1565847350
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 31st July 2002
Publisher: New Press
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1