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Unstaging War, Confronting Conflict and Peace


  • Provides a clear, global picture of the dramatic changes in the nature of war over recent decades

  • Explicates the failure of the politics and project of peace and the breakdown of the war/peace binary

  • Explores the inability of national and transnational organisations to sufficiently deliver peace in the face of contemporary causes of conflict


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tony Fry
    Pages 1-18
  3. Facing Conditions of War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-20
    2. Tony Fry
      Pages 51-101
    3. Tony Fry
      Pages 137-153
    4. Tony Fry
      Pages 155-186
  4. Being Without Peace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-189
    2. Tony Fry
      Pages 191-207
  5. The Power of the Imperative

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-226
    2. Tony Fry
      Pages 227-249
    3. Tony Fry
      Pages 251-265
    4. Tony Fry
      Pages 267-296
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-332

About this book


This book presents the concept of ‘unstaging’ war as a strategic response to the failure of the discourse and institutions of peace. This failure is explained by exploring the changing character of conflict in current and emergent global circumstances, such as asymmetrical conflicts, insurgencies, and terrorism. Fry argues that this pluralisation of war has broken the binary relation between war and peace: conflict is no longer self-evident, and consequentially the changes in the conditions, nature, systems, philosophies and technologies of war must be addressed.

Through a deep understanding of contemporary war, Fry explains why peace fails as both idea and process, before presenting ‘Unstaging War’ as a concept and nascent practice that acknowledges conflict as structurally present, and so is not able to be dealt with by attempts to create peace. Against a backdrop of increasingly tense relations between global power blocs, the beginnings of a new nuclear arms race, and the ever-increasing human and environmental impacts of climate change, a more viable alternative to war is urgently needed. Unstaging War is not claimed as a solution, but rather as an exploration of critical problems and an opening into the means of engaging with them.


War Peace Theatre Event Theory Kant War Conflict

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture and DesignUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia

About the authors

Tony Fry is a design philosopher, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Visiting Professor at the University of Ibagué, Colombia. He is a former soldier and has worked in a number of post-conflict situations. Tony is the author of fourteen books, the most recent being Remaking Cities (2017).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Unstaging War, Confronting Conflict and Peace
  • Authors Tony Fry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-24719-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-24722-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-24720-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 332
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Philosophy
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