Terror from the Air

byPeter SloterdijkTranslated byAmy Patton, Steve Corcoran

April 10, 2009|
Terror from the Air by Peter Sloterdijk
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According to Peter Sloterdijk, the twentieth century started on a specific day and place: April 22, 1915, at Ypres in West Flanders. That day, the German army used a chlorine gas meant to exterminate indiscriminately. Until then, war, as described by Clausewitz and practiced by Napoleon, involved attacking the adversary's vital function first. Using poison gas signaled the passage from classical war to terrorism. This terror from the air inaugurated an era in which the main idea was no longer to target the enemy's body, but their environment. From then on, what would be attacked in wartime as well as in peacetime would be the very conditions necessary for life.

This kind of terrorism became the matrix of modern and postmodern war, from World War I's toxic gas to the Nazi Zyklon B used in Auschwitz, from the bombing of Dresden to the attack on the World Trade Center. Sloterdijk goes on to describe the offensive of modern aesthetics, aesthetic terrorism from Surrealism to Malevich--an "atmo-terrorism" in the arts that parallels the assault on environment that had originated in warfare.

Title:Terror from the AirFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:112 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.31 inShipping dimensions:112 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.31 inPublished:April 10, 2009Publisher:Semiotext(e)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1584350725

ISBN - 13:9781584350729

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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