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Animals and battle is the 1st selection of essays to check its subject. utilizing sociology, heritage, anthropology, and cultural stories, it analyzes quite a lot of phenomena and exposes the customarily paradoxical contours of human-animal relationships.

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Animals and War: Introduction 15 Germany’s thinking about animals fit into its larger racist vision. Canines were one of their primary touchstones. Sax writes, “The Nazis were constantly invoking dogs and wolves as models for the qualities they wanted to cultivate: loyalty, hierarchy, fierceness, courage, obedience, and sometimes even cruelty. 54 Generally, the Nazi preference for the wild led them to favor wolves over dogs, sometimes even associating Jews with dogs, but Nazism also involved use of and admiration for certain kinds of dogs.

63 Humans’ frequent ability to exert power over other animals does not necessarily indicate absolute human superiority and should be understood, at the very least, as circumstantial, situational. When real attention, of the sort Derrida advocates, is paid to the experiences of animals in war, we often confront scenarios like that discussed by Paul Huebener in his investigation of the classic Canadian novel The Wars. Findley’s protagonist Robert Ross actually attends to horse and other animal suffering, and he recognizes therefore the crushing implications of it, both in and out of war.

5 February 2011. Page, Jake. Dogs: A Natural History. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Pinker, Steven. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. New York: Viking, 2011. Putney, William W. Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII. New York: The Free Press, 2001. K. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2009. Sax, Boria. 1 (1997): 3–21.  Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats, and the Holocaust. New York: Continuum, 2002.

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