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Trust and ViolenceAn Essay on a Modern Relationship$
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Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142968

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142968.001.0001

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Trust in Violence

Trust in Violence

(p.187) Chapter 4 Trust in Violence
Trust and Violence

Jan Philipp Reemtsma

, Dominic Bonfiglio
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the question of why people lose the trust they place in violence. The answer might be as simple as this: pleasure in the (imagined) reality of apocalypse eventually gives way to fear of it. Violence paved the road to modernity in the Soviet Union, yet to stay on that road, the Soviet Union had to curb some of the violence that got them there. Germany's confidence in the power of violence enabled it to subjugate large parts of Europe and commit mass murder, yet this confidence lasted “only” twelve years. These cases suggest that historical events were what refuted trust in violence. But if this is true, then those historical events ought to have destroyed our trust in modernity as well.

Keywords:   violence, trust, history, pleasure, fear

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