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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe

16:30-18:00 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. 

These acts of violence cast long shadows on the period of the Cold War and into our own troubled times. 

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.
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