The Place and Plights of Civilians in Modern War

TitleThe Place and Plights of Civilians in Modern War
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRothbart, Daniel, Karina V. Korostelina, and Mohammed D. Cherkaoui
EditorRothbart, Daniel, Karina V. Korostelina, and Mohammed D. Cherkaoui
Book TitleCivilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence
Pagination1-19
PublisherRoutledge
CityAbingdon, UK
Abstract

This chapter introduces a volume which explores the issue of civilian devastation in modern warfare. The volume this chapter introduces addresses questions rarely addressed by political and military leaders engaged in protected violent conflict, either formally or informally. These questions concern the plight of civilians in war, particularly regarding the causes and preconditions of their extreme vulnerability to war’s tumult. Why are war’s weakest participants - civilian noncombatants - subjected to a higher degree of devastation than combatants in today’s protracted violent conflicts? What accounts for the very high numbers of civilian casualties compared to combatants of state-run militaries? Why are women and children frequently targeted by martial forces? What are the underlying mechanisms of warfare that continue to devastate civilians? These questions and more are contextualized by this chapter, and then discussed in deeper detail by the volume as a whole.

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