Humanitarian Violence

The U.S. Deployment of Diversity

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Neda Atanasoski

Humanitarian Violence considers U.S. militarism—humanitarian militarism—during the Vietnam War, the Soviet-Afghan War, and the 1990s wars of secession in the former Yugoslavia. Neda Atanasoski reveals a system of postsocialist imperialism based on humanitarian ethics, identifying a discourse of race that focuses on ideological and cultural differences and makes postsocialist and Islamic nations the targets of U.S. disciplining violence.

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    Portions of chapter 1 were previously published as “‘Race’ toward Freedom: Post–Cold War U.S. Multiculturalism and the Reconstruction of Eastern Europe,” Journal of American Culture 29, no. 2 (June 2006): 219–29. Portions of chapter 4 were previously published as “Dracula as Ethnic Conflict: The Technologies of ‘Humanitarian Intervention’ in the Balkans during the 1999 NATO Bombing of Serbia and Kosovo,” in Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil, ed. Niall Scott (New York: Rodopi, 2007), 61–79.

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