24.529, Books: Political Languages in the Age of Extremes: Steinmetz (Ed)

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Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:28:50
From: Zach Borenstein [zach.borenstein at oup.com]
Subject: Political Languages in the Age of Extremes: Steinmetz (Ed)

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Title: Political Languages in the Age of Extremes 
Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/HistoryWorld/European/?view=usa&ci=9780199663330 


Editor: Willebald Steinmetz

Paperback: ISBN:  9780199663330 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 35.00


Abstract:

The short twentieth century was an age of total wars and aggressive
ideological struggles. It was also an age of growing linguistic awareness in
the political sphere. Communist, fascist, and Liberal regimes fought each
other with violence as well as words, and verbal warfare became increasingly
sophisticated. The regimes were supported by propaganda experts and took
advantage of new mass media which facilitated the interplay of words, images,
and sounds. Leaders and their propagandists used language to persuade
followers, terrorize opponents, and annihilate enemies. Knowing how to adapt
one's own use of language to changing political situations was of vital
importance for everyone. In the Age of Extremes words could wield political
power, but at another moment even a whisper could endanger one's life.

This volume explores the ways in which language served to create, uphold,
subvert, or deflect political power in the Age of Extremes. The book is
unusual in encouraging its readers to compare totalitarian and democratic
regimes under this aspect. Moving beyond propaganda studies the book opens up
a variety of perspectives. While some authors take a look from above and show
how those in power succeeded, or failed, in policing the boundaries of what
could be said, others investigate the strategies of those who attacked the
rules of the powerful by promoting alternative concepts and
counter-discourses. Finally, there are also essays on the experiences of those
who simply tried to stay alive by presenting themselves in a flexible manner
or preserving their own private languages in diaries, poems, or secret
conversations.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Sociolinguistics


Written In: English  (eng)

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