Civilization and Savagery

Authored by: Brett Bowden

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754674108
eBook ISBN: 9781315613284
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042495

10.4324/9781315613284.ch16

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Abstract

O, it is excellent to have a giant’s strength; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant. 1 1

Lines by Isabella in William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act II, Scene II.

How the strong treat the weak goes a long way toward determining if the strong are civilized. Restraint in the use of force is not a vice, but a virtue. 2 2

David Tucker, ‘Fighting Barbarians’, Parameters, 28/2 (1998): 77.

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