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Hostis humani generis, meaning “enemy of humankind,” is the legal basis by which Western societies have defined such criminals as pirates, torturers, or terrorists as beyond the pale of civilization. Sonja Schillings argues that this legal fiction does more than characterize certain persons as inherently hostile: it provides a narrative basis for legitimating violence in the name of the state. The work draws attention to a century-old narrative pattern that not only underlies the legal category of enemies of the state, but more generally informs interpretations of imperial expansion, protest against government-sponsored oppression, and the transformation of institutions as “legitimate” interventions on behalf of civilized society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Series Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. v
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. vi
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Part I. The Emperor and the Pirate: Legitimate Violence as a Modern Dilemma
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. 1. Augustine of Hippo: The City of God
  2. pp. 28-34
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  1. 2. Charles Johnson: A General History of the Pyrates
  2. pp. 35-49
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  1. 3. Charles Ellms: The Pirates' Own Book
  2. pp. 50-65
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  1. Part II. Race, Space, and the Formation of the Hostis Humani Generis Constellation
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. 4. Piratae and Praedones: The Racialization of Hostis Humani Generis
  2. pp. 69-81
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  1. 5. John Locke, William Blackstone, and the Invader in the State of Nature
  2. pp. 82-103
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  1. 6. Hostis Humani Generis and the American Historical Novel: James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer
  2. pp. 104-122
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  1. Part III. The American Civilization Thesis: Internalizing the Other
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. 7. The Frontier Thesis as a Third Model of Civilization
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. 8. The Democratic Frontiersman and the Totalitarian Leviathan
  2. pp. 143-155
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  1. 9. Free Agency and the Pure Woman Paradox
  2. pp. 156-166
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  1. 10. The Foundational Pirata in Richard Wright's Native Son
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Part IV. "It is Underneath US": The Planetary Zone in Between as an American Dilemma
  2. pp. 183-187
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  1. 11. The Institutional Frontier: A New Type of Criminal
  2. pp. 188-206
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  1. 12. Who Is Innocent? The Later Cold War Years
  2. pp. 207-219
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  1. 13. Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the War on Terror
  2. pp. 220-236
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 237-244
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 245-246
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 247-258
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 259-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-287
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781512600759
Related ISBN
9781512600155
MARC Record
OCLC
957057178
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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