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The 'Shock' of Torture: a Historiographical Challenge

Strange, Carolyn


When images of abusive and sexually-degrading behaviour by United States and British troops circulated globally in 2004 and 2005, leaders of the 'war on terror' expressed deep shock, then enlisted military justice to assign responsibility to rogue soldiers. Many on the Left have criticized such action and argued that torture enacts racist neo-colonialism, unleashed in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. Few critics apply a wider historical frame of reference, however. Historians have written...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: History Workshop Journal
DOI: 10.1093/hwj/dbi050


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