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Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt

Patricia Owens


This book studies war in the thought of one of the 20th-century's most important and original political thinkers, Hannah Arendt. Hannah Arendt's writing was fundamentally rooted in her understanding of war and its political significance. But this element of her work has surprisingly been neglected in international and political theory. This book assesses the full range of Arendt's historical and conceptual writing on war and introduces to international theory the distinct language she used to talk about war and the political world. It builds on her re-thinking of old concepts such as power, vi ... More

Keywords: Hannah Arendt, violence, power, laws of war, hypocrisy, imperialism, liberalism, humanitarian intervention, Habermas, Strauss

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Owens, author
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London.
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