Arts of War and Peace

War [pólemos] is the father of all and the king of all; and some he has made gods and some men, some bond and some free.
(Heraclitus, fragment#53)

We must know that war [pólemos] is common to all and strife [érin] is justice, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife.
(Heraclitus, fragment#80)

The distinguishing characteristic of this review is our conviction that war and peace are closely interrelated and cannot be studied separately; war and peace often seem to preclude each other, yet in the light of their varying effects and consequences they turn out to be inseparable. One of the problems for conceptualizing peace is that it is often based on the memory of war, and the traces and memories of war are always problematic. Hence the name of the review, Arts of War and Peace, in which “Arts” is an inclusive term denoting any branch of learning and cultural production (music, history, philosophy, literature, etc.) all of which are legitimate objects of our study.

The review is a publication of the LARCA team (UMR 8225) and seeks to foster LARCA projects in Anglophone studies. Outside guest editors are welcome for specific numbers.

Edited by Mark Meigs and Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec

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