Inventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire by Stephen J. RockelInventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire by Stephen J. Rockel

Inventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and Empire

EditorStephen J. Rockel, Rick Halpern

Paperback | November 17, 2009

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The term collateral damage, a euphemism for civilian casualty, came into usage during the Vietnam War and over several decades became entrenched in U.S. armed forces jargon. But long before the phrase was coined there were non-combatant victims of wars.

Emerging from a major international conference on the subject, Inventing Collateral Damage is a collection of excellent and varied studies of civilian casualty through history: in early modern Europe, 18th- and 19th-century North America, colonial and post-colonial conflicts, the world wars of the 20th century, and the present day.

The collection includes an impressive historical interpretation of the topic by Stephen Rockel and a sensitive conclusion by the noted historian Natalie Zemon Davis.

Stephen J. Rockel is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is a specialist in Sub-Saharan Africa with particular interests in East African social history as well as colonial and post-colonial conflicts in Africa and Asia. Rick Halpern is the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies and a Professor in the D...
Title:Inventing Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties, War, and EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:November 17, 2009Publisher:Between the LinesLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Collateral Damage: A Comparative History - Stephen J. Rockel
  • Part I: Non-combatants in Civil Wars: France and the USA
  • Chapter 1: "Only the Sack and the Noose for Its Citizens": Atrocities and Civilian Casualties during the French Wars of Religion - Brian Sandberg
  • Chapter 2: An American War of Incarceration: Guerrilla Warfare, Occupation, and Imprisonment in the American South, 1863?65 - Scott Reynolds Nelson
  • Part II: Collateral Damage in the Partition of Africa
  • Chapter 3: Non-combatants and War: The Unexplored Factor in the Conquest of the Zulu Kingdom - Jeff Guy
  • Chapter 4: Between Law and Inhumanity: Canadian Troops and British Responses to Guerrilla Warfare During the South African War - Chris Madsen
  • Chapter 5: Colonial Conquest and the Struggle for the Presence of the Colonial State in German East Africa, 1885?1903 - Michael Pesek
  • Part III: Collateral Damage and the Culture of Imperialism
  • Chapter 6: Progress and Collateral Damage - Robert Gregg
  • Chapter 7: "Elegant and Dignified Military Operations in the Present Age": The Imperfect Invisibility of Collateral Damage in Late-Nineteenth-Century Metropolitan Illustrated Magazines - Tom Gretton
  • Chapter 8: The Deliverer's Dilemma: Japan's Invasion of China, 1937?38 - Timothy Brook
  • Chapter 9: Criminals, Heroes, Martyrs: A Backward Caste Remembers the Colonial Past - Smita Tewari Jassal
  • Part IV: Sexual Violence and War
  • Chapter 10: Sexual Violence in War: Mennonite Refugees during the Second World War - Marlene Epp
  • Part V: Bombing and Civilian Casualties
  • Chapter 11: The War against Women and Children - Sven Lindqvist
  • Chapter 12: "Unworthy" Afghan Bodies: "Smarter" U.S. Weapons Kill More Innocents - Marc W. Herold
  • Conclusion - Natalie Zemon Davis

Editorial Reviews

"It is often stated that it is only recently that civilians have comprised the majority of casualties in war. This wide-ranging and stimulating collection shows that civilian harm has a long history, especially in colonial wars. The volume explores the many ways in which civilians have been affected, and is a valuable addition to the literature."