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Empire of Defense: Race and the Cultural Politics of Permanent War

Joseph Darda


This book tells the story of how the United States turned war into defense. The formation of the Department of Defense in the first years of the Cold War inaugurated an era of contradiction for the rising American empire. That empire has waged permanent war while calling it something else––a police action, a humanitarian intervention, a counterinsurgency campaign––and declared itself an antiracist leader in the world while designating whole societies as illegitimate, backward, and deserving of destruction. From the Cold War to the war on terror, it has concealed the contradictions of race and ... More

Keywords: national defense, race, permanent war, imperialism, liberalism, cultural politics, Cold War, war on terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226632896
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226633084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Darda, author
Texas Christian University