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Historia política del alambre de espino

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Al detallar el papel decisivo que el alambre de espino ha tenido en tres de las más grandes catástrofes de la modernidad —la conquista del Oeste y el genocidio de los nativos de Norteamérica, la Primera Guerra Mundial y el exterminio nazi— pero también al cartografiar sus usos actuales —marca de la propiedad privada, cierre de los centros penitenciarios y de internamiento, ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 2015 by Melusina (first published 2000)
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Sinänsä yllätyin miten mielenkiintoisen tutkimuskohteen niinkin yksinkertainen keksintö kuin piikkilanka voi muodostaa. Yllättävän havannoiva teos kaikessa lyhykäisyydessään.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
And another intellectual fraud produces a tax payer sponsored book. Fallacies, inaccuracies, everything to serve a socialist fairy tale. P. 30:

> Le Homestead Act vote en 1862, en partie sous la pression des fermiers pauvres en manque de terre, consacre la volonte du gouvernement d'accelerer le rythme de l'avancee vers l'Ouest. Tout citoyen americain peut alors obtenir gratuitment un droit de propriete sur quatre-vingts hectares de terre publique a condition qu'il les cultive.

Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that anyone alive today would benefit from reading this book. Barbed wire is inevitably a perfect metaphor for the despicable way humans are treated, and this book was a great reminder of how often human captivity occurs in the world under the premise of lies. It focuses on its use in the genocide of indigenous North Americans, trench warfare in WW1, and concentration camps in WW2.
I skimmed the last 3 pages because I wanted to return it to Solidarity before I had to be back at work
Feb 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I enjoyed reading Barbed Wire: A Political History, but I felt that there was something lacking. I would consider this book to be more of a short introduction to this oftentimes (morbidly) fascinating topic. For me, this book would have been better if included more technical information about "the devil's rope". However as it stands, this Barbed Wire: A Political History was a quick and interesting summary of the occasions where barbed wire shaped the world.
Michael Russell
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed in this. Felt less like a historical discussion of the use of barbed wire and more like a college student's argumentative essay focused on why American ideals and systems of surveillance are both effective and kinda evil. Very bland, cursory glance at history. Bleh.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πάρα πολύ ενδιαφέρον. Το συρματόπλεγμα ως χρησιμότητα και συμβολισμός. Και επίκαιρο τη συγκεκριμένη χρονική στιγμή με τους πρόσφυγες.
Me ha resultado anodino.
Melissa Rudder
Sep 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivier Razac’s book, Barbed Wire: A Political History explores the importance of barbed wire, specifically on the American Prairie, during the Great War’s trench warfare, and in the architecture of Nazi concentration camps. By examining both the practical advantages and symbolic meanings of barbed wire in each of the three historical uses, Razac uncovers a common underlying purpose for barbed wire in its past employment, arguing that barbed wire is often used to distinguish between social groups and a ...more
So, first of all, this is a really interesting concept for a book. Razac explores the political use and philosophy behind barbed wire, beginning with the partition of the West (and the subsequent marginalization of Native Americans), continuing through the use of barbed wire in the trenches in WWI, and ending with the quintessential use of barbed wire: the concentration camp. It's good in theory, and I even think the first part is very well done, if perhaps a bit shallow in execution.

Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In two sections, the first looking at three specific periods of history and how barbed wire was used at the time- the settling of the American West, the trenches in WWI and the German Concentration Camps of WWII. The second examines how the wire was used to divide peoples and worlds, how it has ended up have connotations of control and even less positive meanings. And how does this fit into my reading tastes and the world I inhabit (Marklandia)? It all revolves around the way that barbed wire is ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
I really enjoyed Razac's book, not a history so much as part political economy/part cultural studies. Razac is quite powerful when he explores how barbed wire develops and becomes not just a kind of fence but a way to define space, who can belong to what space and how spaces become symbolically loaded. Barbed wire becomes a boundary that divides US/THEM and sets up power relationships that themselves become the foundation for historical development of socio-cultural and state systems.
Kris McCracken
A political and cultural history of barbed wire. Razac focuses on focuses on the use of barbed wire in three crucial aspects of modern history: by American ranchers during the mid/late 1800s to both parcel up land for private use and end the roaming ways of Native Americans; as an effective killer in the defensive stalemates of World War One; and lastly that of the concentration camps of World War Two. Quite French, but don't hold that against it... B.
Pat Cooney
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Razac's book is not what I was originally looking for (a detailed history of the development and usage of barbed wire), it is a profound thing in it's own right. It is a dense, concise, short, poetic sketch of barbed wire as a unique entity in human history. Don't let the small page count discourage you - there's not a word wasted in this beautifully bleak book.
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2014
Ultimately more of a surface-level introduction than a deep analysis, but really well written.
Tells the history and the use of barbed wire over the years since its invention in the US. Very interesting.
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The young philosopher Olivier Razac writes masterfully and eloquently. A brave Novel this was, breakin away figurative barriers with this book. The philosophy touches deep in this book which binds together politics and philosophy and human nature. These topics are the subject of this book Barbed Wire: A Political History.
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