The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place


By (author) Jean Baudrillard, Translated by Paul Patton


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  • Publisher: Power Institute of Fine Arts
  • Format: Paperback | 87 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 8mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 090995223X
  • ISBN 13: 9780909952235
  • Sales rank: 366,242

Product description

Comprised of three essays written by Baudrillard in the lead-up to, during, and after the military clash in the Gulf in 1992, this book is a penetrating and provocative analysis of the unfolding drama using the author's well-known concepts of simulation and the hyperreal. Paul Patton's introduction surveying the debate aroused by the conflict argues that Baudrillard, more than any other critic of the events, correctly identified the political stakes involved in the gestation of the New World Order.

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The hypothesis of this book is that the deterrence of war in the traditional sense has been internalized and turned back upon the Western powers, producing a form of self-deterrence which renders them incapable of realizing their own power in the form of relations of force.