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Trust and Violence: An Essay on a Modern Relationship

Jan Philipp Reemtsma


The limiting of violence through state powers is one of the central projects of the modern age. Why then have recent centuries been so bloody? This book demonstrates that the aim of decreasing and deterring violence has gone hand in hand with the misleading idea that violence is abnormal and beyond comprehension. We would be far better off, the book argues, if we acknowledged the disturbing fact that violence is normal. At the same time, it contends that violence cannot be fully understood without delving into the concept of trust. Not in violence, but in trust, rests the foundation of true po ... More

Keywords: violence, state powers, trust, power, medieval torture, Holocaust, dictators, authoritarian leaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691142968
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Philipp Reemtsma, author
University of Hamburg