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Terror from the Air

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SKU: 9786177948260
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Author Peter Sloterdijk
Translator Oleksandra Hryhorenko
Foreword Borys Filonenko
Design Volodymyr Havrysh
Publisher IST Publishing
Publication date 2023
Book series warning books series
ISBN 978-617-7948-26-0
Language Ukrainian
Cover Paperback

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Focusing on the history of chemical weapons, Peter Sloterdijk counts down the chronology of the twentieth century from April 22, 1915, when gas was first used on the battlefield. 

The essay "Terror from the Air" (2001) develops the thesis that modern warfare is not fought between combatants, but for the destruction of the enemy's environment, and that the combination of terrorism, product design, and environmental thinking best characterizes the twentieth-century's contribution to human development. 

The philosophical essay on the threat originating from the atmosphere touches upon the history of Zyklon B gas, the bombing of Dresden, the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the practices of Surrealism, including Salvador Dalí's report in a spacesuit, and touches upon Kazimir Malevich's "Black Square" and Marcel Duchamp's "Paris Air". 

Peter Sloterdijk's book continues a new series of ist_publishing that presents interdisciplinary research on war and culture — warning books.

“warning books series” is a series of books about war and culture. These are studies and collections of lectures and articles translated into Ukrainian and written at the intersection of various fields of humanities — from literary criticism, history, and philosophy to art theory, media theory, and anthropology. At ist_publishing, we launched this series in 2022, in response to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army, when the need for military defense of the country raised urgent questions about culture. To better understand its relationship to war meant having opportunities to act in a balanced way, to build new relationships, to have discussions about what has been said and written, and from within our own experiences. Culture can prevent war or help to survive it, culture can wage war, and war can subjugate culture. In the “warning books series”, we publish texts that allow us to look at the shared history and theory of war and culture in their shimmering kinship.

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