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Empire of Defense

Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War

Joseph Darda

Empire of Defense

Joseph Darda

264 pages | 9 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226632926 Will Publish June 2019
Cloth $82.50 ISBN: 9780226632896 Will Publish June 2019
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226633084 Will Publish June 2019
Empire of Defense is nothing less than an extensive and multilayered critique of the past seventy years of American warfare. Joseph Darda exposes how the post-World War II formation of the Department of Defense and the subsequent Korean War set a course for decades of permanent conflict. The United States, Darda shows, effectively ceased to wage war: instead, in an ingenious reframing, it cast itself as the world’s great defender of liberal democracy. Empire of Defense shows that a string of rationales for war from the 1940s to the present—anticommunism, narcotics and crime, humanitarian intervention, and counterterrorism—paved the way for nearly continuous military engagement. Darda also investigates how a wide swath of writers, filmmakers, and journalists—from I. F. Stone and Ishmael Reed to June Jordan and Stanley Kubrick—have struggled to communicate the true story of war without end. Darda draws a clear line from the Cold War to the War on Terror and makes sense of our collective cultural efforts to recognize the not-so-new normal of nonstop military empire building.
 
Contents

Introduction: A Perpetual Wartime Footing
Chapter 1. How to Tell a Permanent War Story
Chapter 2. Antiwar Liberalism against Liberal War
Chapter 3. Dispatches from the Drug Wars
Chapter 4. Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome with Human Rights
Chapter 5. The Craft of Counterinsurgent Whiteness
Epilogue: Defense in the Fifth Domain

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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