Age of Progress or “Age of Extremes?”: The Escalation of Warfare in Modern Times and the Nature of its Mutation

Authored by: Oleg Kobtzeff

The Ashgate Research Companion to War

Print publication date:  January  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754678267
eBook ISBN: 9781315613741
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041115

10.4324/9781315613741.ch4

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Abstract

… And war began, that is to say, an event contrary to human reason and to human nature took place. Millions of people committed against each other crimes so innumerable, deceptions, betrayals, theft, forgery and issuing of forged banknotes, looting, arson and murder, that for centuries, no courts in all the world could suffice to record, and which, at that time, the people committing them would not regard as a crime. 1 1

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace, Volume III, Part I, Chapter I (my translation). The expression “the Age of Extremes” is from the well-known title of the book by Eric J. Hobsbawm.

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