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Undergraduate Titles > Public Administration
Cities under Fire: The Urbanisation of War
Coward, Martin
ISBN 13: 
9780415461306
ISBN 10: 
0415461308
Category: 
Public Administration
Edition: 
1
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Publication Date: 
01/2026
Format: 
Cloth
Status: 
Not Yet Published
Imprint: 
Routledge
Affiliation: 
University of Newcastle, UK
Audience: 
College/higher education
Pages: 
208
Weight: 
2
Retail Price: 
150.00 (Tentative Price May Change)
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Synopsis:

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of urban destruction. It argues that it is necessary to address the widespread and deliberate destruction of buildings as a distinct form of political violence. In this sense it is productive to see this phenomenon as ‘urbicide’, or the destruction of urbanity. The book proposes that the destruction of urbanity comprises a pattern that is aimed at the destruction of the shared spaces that are constituted by buildings. These shared spaces are precisely what fosters heterogeneous communities. The author argues that the destruction of heterogeneous communities is a strategy deployed by exclusionary regimes (such as ethnic nationalist forces in the former Yugoslavia) in order to create homogeneous communities. Understanding the dynamics of such violence is vital if we are to grasp precisely what is at stake in widespread and
deliberate violence against the built environment.


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