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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221126783
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 372
Size : 135 x 215 mm
The Fabrication of the Enemy

Michel WIEVIORKA (Préface)
Release date : 08/09/2011

 At the end of the 1990s, Gorbachev’s advisor Alexander Arbatov declared to the Americans: “We are dealing you the worst blow: we are going to deprive you of your enemy.” In effect, the dissolution of the Soviet Union undermined the West’s unity and rendered its...

 At the end of the 1990s, Gorbachev’s advisor Alexander Arbatov declared to the Americans: “We are dealing you the worst blow: we are going to deprive you of your enemy.” In effect, the dissolution of the Soviet Union undermined the West’s unity and rendered its power futile.

Out of fear of becoming superfluous following the fall of the Wall, countries (democratic or not), strategic think tanks, intelligence agencies and other opinion makers consciously fabricated the enemy. They described a world made up of threats, risks and challenges.

Is an enemy necessary? It is certainly useful to unite a nation, establish its power and build up its military and technology industries. Different classifications of “enemy” can be observed over the last 20 years: near enemy (border conflicts: India-Pakistan, Greece-Turkey, Peru-Ecuador), planetary rival (China), intimate enemy (civil wars: Yugoslavia, Rwanda), hidden enemy (conspiracy theory: Jews, communists), absolute evil (religious extremism)…

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EAN : 9782221126783
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 372
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont