Inaugural Lecture: Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe16:30-18:00 J.0.01, Edward Herbert Building
In this lecture the shape of contemporary war is examined.
The use of strategic bombing in World War 2 to crush enemy cities was argued to be a turning point in the history of war. Civilians not soldiers became the target of state violence. The destruction of a Dresden, a Hiroshima, a Coventry signalled a new form of barbarism.
The lecture explains how and why liberal states practise and justify their part in contemporary wars – wars which are ones of choice and not a necessity.