full name / name of organization:
Richard Koenigsberg, Ph. D.
Special Issue of the PEACE REVIEW on:
"The Psychological Interpretation of War"
Editors, Richard Koenigsberg and Wendy Hamblet
Horace wrote that "it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country." =
thought has echoed through the centuries, punctuating the battle cries =
those who dream of righteous conquest and holy war. Warfare has been
perpetuated to the extent that struggles on the battlefield have been =
with ideals such as honor, duty, and loyalty.
Yet these words cannot nullify the reality of warfare, which is death,
destruction and devastation. Gwynne Dyer captures war's essence when he
contends that, by becoming soldiers, "Men agree to die when we tell them
In the twentieth and twenty-first century, vast numbers of civilians =
joined soldiers as victims of war. Brzezinski describes the last century =
the "century of the megadeath," estimating that more than 87 million =
were lost in the wars of the past one-hundred years. In the First World =
nine-million people died--more than twice as many as had died in wars in =
previous two centuries. Yet the Second World War produced a death toll =
even greater magnitude, estimated at well over fifty-million.
How can we make sense of the ritual of death and destruction in warfare?
What does it mean? What is its continuing appeal? What does its =
say about us? This special issue of the PEACE REVIEW on "The =
Interpretation of War" will address these and similar questions, =
the human tendency to embrace warfare--in spite of the misery it creates =
disillusionment that follows in its wake. Though warfare is often =
as normative if not normal, we shall seek to lift the idea of war out of =
realm of the self-evident and to view it as something extraordinary.=20
This special issue will raise vital questions relating to the psychology =
war. For example, how do motives such as fear, humiliation, anger, and =
wish for vengeance become linked to the ideology of warfare? If war =
is a socially constructed institution, upon what bases do we construct =
By virtue of what mechanisms do we turn human "others" into enemies? How =
we come to believe that killing is "necessary" to the creation of a =
world? What is the relationship between the notion of a sacred ideal and =
willingness to kill and to sacrifice one's own life?=20
To move toward a world not dominated by warfare, one must do more than
advocate peace. We must begin by interrogating the sources of war's =
In this special issue of the PEACE REVIEW, we seek to publish =
papers that explore the mystery of the human attraction to an =
whose primary product has been suffering and death.
PLEASE SEND US YOUR ABSTRACT:
Please send a two-hundred word abstract proposing your essay to the =
REVIEW EDITORS, Richard Koenigsberg, Ph. D. and Wendy C. Hamblet, Ph. D. =
arrive no later than December 31, 2004 to PsychologyofWar_at_earthlink.net.
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this research and thinking in short, accessible and substantive essays.
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