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God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945 Claude Julien Rawson

God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492-1945

Claude Julien Rawson

Published August 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780198184256
Hardcover
440 pages
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 About the Book 

We are obsessed with barbarians. They are the not us, who dont speak our language, or any language, whom we despise, fear, invade and kill- for whom we feel compassion, or admiration, and an intense sexual interest- whose innocence or vigor weMoreWe are obsessed with barbarians. They are the not us, who dont speak our language, or any language, whom we despise, fear, invade and kill- for whom we feel compassion, or admiration, and an intense sexual interest- whose innocence or vigor we aspire to, and who have an extraordinary influence on the comportment, and even modes of dress, of our civilized metropolitan lives- whom we often outdo in the barbarism we impute to them- and whose suspected resemblance to us haunts our introspections and imaginings. This book looks afresh at how we have confronted the idea of barbarism, in ourselves and others, from the conquest of the Americas to the Nazi Holocaust, through the voices of many writers, including Montaigne, Swift and Shaw.