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Dark Trophies

Dark Trophies
Author : Simon Harrison
Publisher : Berghahn Books
Total Pages : 244
Release : 2012-06-30
ISBN 10 : 9780857454997
ISBN 13 : 0857454994
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Many anthropological accounts of warfare in indigenous societies have described the taking of heads or other body parts as trophies. But almost nothing is known of the prevalence of trophy-taking of this sort in the armed forces of contemporary nation-states. This book is a history of this type of misconduct among military personnel over the past two centuries, exploring its close connections with colonialism, scientific collecting and concepts of race, and how it is a model for violent power relationships between groups.

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