Theory of the Partisan
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Theory of the Partisan

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Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), one of the great legal and political thinkers of the 20th century, thought long and hard about the role and significance of war. He saw how the international law of the Eurocentric era of world history began to falter at the end of World War I and foundered at the end of World War II. Following World War II, belligerent acts around the world began...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Telos Press,U.S. (first published 1962)
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April 2010

Who is, was, and will be, the Partisan?

This book, the 'Theory of the Partisan', grew out of two lectures delivered March of 1962, fittingly, in Spain. I say 'fittingly' because it was in Spain, during the resistance to Napoleon, that we first encounter the full figure of the partisan fighter. Schmitt observes that 'regular' warfare (which is contrasted with the irregular warfare of the partisan throughout this text) only emerged with (that is, in opposition to) Napoleon and the...more
Interesting exploration how the modern theory of partisan replaces classical humanistic idea of regulated war and just enemy with absolute war and absolute enemy, who is delegitimated to the extent humanity itself is denied to him. However, at least in my laic view, the abstract juristic approach dissolves into chaotic observations of discrepancies between reality and law theory, as demonstrated for instance in discussing rather absurd question whether partisan is insurable.
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Decent foundation for the theory of a "partisan," i.e. a rebel or terrorist force. Somewhat repetitive and pretentious.
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An essential look into the pre-history of terrorism.
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Carl Schmitt's early career as an academic lawyer falls into the last years of the Wilhelmine Empire. (See for Schmitt's life and career: Bendersky 1983; Balakrishnan 2000; Mehring 2009.) But Schmitt wrote his most influential works, as a young professor of constitutional law in Bonn and later in Berlin, during the Weimar-period: Political Theology, presenting Schmitt's theory of sovereignty, appe...more
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