August 8, 2022

War – what is it good for?

Reviewing recent literature on war, political researcher Tõnis Saarts argues in Vikerkaar for a bellocentric view of history. War, he writes, has actually accelerated the advancement of main features of contemporary societies that we now consider given: constitutionalism, democracy, womens rights and the well-being state. According to Saarts, the war-torn history of Europe describes the continents success in developing modern public institutions.

War – What Is It Good For?

Since regaining self-reliance in 1991, Estonia has sent out over 3,000 soldiers to serve in Afghanistan, Iraq, Central African Republic, Mali and somewhere else. 2 Estonian soldiers have actually passed away in Afghanistan and nine in Iraq. On the objective, writes Meelis Oidsalu, the stress triggered by the combination of monotony and extreme tension is intensified by disappointment with objectives whose bigger objectives appear impossible or futile– the case in Afghanistan and Iraq. At house, veterans frequently experience dissatisfaction, which follows the last couple of weeks on the objective, when a soldier has time to think about who will be awaiting them in the house and what great they can do with their lives upon their return.

War – What Is It Good For?

War abroad

War – What Is It Good For?

Had Europe not waged huge wars since the time of Napoleon, we would, in many aspects, look like Latin America. The old elite would have easily kept its political and financial opportunities, suffrage would have broadened at a snails rate, the capacity of states to use civil services would be very little, social inequality would be rampant, and practically the only method to deepen democracy would be to organize populist transformations. How appealing does this sound?

War – What Is It Good For?

War at home

War – What Is It Good For?

In other places in the issue: poetry and prose on war, the future of war in area and in cyber-space; and the interests of European states in postcolonial Africa.

War – What Is It Good For?

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War – What Is It Good For?

A war is literally being waged against women in Estonia, writes Laura Mallene. From poisonous media discourse to prejudice with the criminal justice system, where over 70% of law enforcers believe that women provoke violence with their behaviour, there are seemingly unlimited barriers that avoid survivors of domestic violence from looking for justice.

Examining current literature on war, political researcher Tõnis Saarts argues in Vikerkaar for a bellocentric view of history. War, he writes, has sped up the advancement of main functions of contemporary societies that we now take for given: constitutionalism, democracy, ladiess rights and the welfare state. A war is actually being waged versus females in Estonia, writes Laura Mallene.