Oblivion or History: Two Different Ways of Coming Out of War

  • Ninon Grangé


Civil war has generally been considered as the opposite of war between foreign nations or states, and it has been experienced as a horrific exception. In this essay I wish to turn the paradigms upside down and consider civil war as a starting point, i.e. the unsettled period between two political entities. Coming out of war will result not only in the constitution of a new political arrangement, even if the system of government does not change, but also in the construction of a refreshed memory of the past war whose end is not easy to identify. There is therefore a short period of indecisive transition: ending a civil war is not usually achieved through a treaty in due form.


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  1. 1.University Paris 8Saint-DenisFrance

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