War and Narrative

in Why War?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226763880
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226763910 | DOI:
War and Narrative

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This chapter sets out the relationship between conflict legitimacy and genre within civil discourse for the four countries over the three wars. It also aligns this with the level of military involvement. The findings are clear: genre choices align with war in ways that are regular and predictable over a large number of cases. When successfully institutionalized and widely shared the apocalyptic frame encourages war. Realist and tragic frames are associated with low levels of legitimacy and military intervention. Such a result has a number of significant implications. Adumbrating these, batting away objections, and opening a normative door is the principal task of this final chapter.

Keywords: conflict; legitimacy; civil discourse; genre choice; war; military intervention

Chapter.  10244 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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