We experience violence all our lives, from that very first scream of birth. It has been industrialized and domesticated. Our culture has not become accustomed to all violence, to be sure; but enough violence, nonetheless: more than enough, perhaps. Geographies of Violence is a critical human geography of the history of violence, from Ancient Rome and Enlightened wars through to natural disasters, animal slaughter, and genocide. Written incredible insight and flair, this is a thought-provoking text for human geography students and researchers alike.

The Joy of Killing

The Joy of Killing

Should the history of geography be X-rated?

David Livingstone, 1992: 1

For us, the mirror of history, the continuity of history is shattered.

Jean Baudrillard, 2010a: 72

Jean-Luc Godard once quipped that a film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end – but not necessarily in that order. Violence, however, has neither beginning nor end and it certainly needs no introduction. You have been a victim, perpetrator, and bystander of violence ever since you squatted in your mother’s womb: assaulted day and night by pounding innards; lashing out in the dark at the viscera all around; securing an escape by any means necessary – a labour of love, perhaps – only to scream, cry, and holler thereafter; and enduring severance ...

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