Hollywood, the Pentagon and Washington

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Anthem Press, 2005 - 159 pagina's
Hollywood and the Pentagon: on one side a great industry, 'the makers of dreams', on the other the US Defence department. What relations unify these two potent symbols of American power? This extensive analysis of mainstream Hollywood movies lifts the lid on the interdependence between these two institutions. The movie industry is exposed as a key protagonist in the US strategy debate through the production of films on national security across many genres, from comedy to thriller, from sci-fi to war movies. This timely book also explores prevailing ideas on the 'threat' to homeland USA that is put forward by the national security network, a threat that is seen as the justification for and legitimization of America's military operations and strategic choices. This book reveals how in the last 20 years there has been a consistent collaboration between these two industries: enormous contracts have been exchanged between the studios and the defence department. It shows how Hollywood is completely penetrated by the ideological and political thinking of Washington, which in turn appears to be directly inspired by the productions of Hollywood.
 

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Experiencing and DreamingUp History 19511982
11
Justifying the New Strategic Power 19821990
23
New Threats 19901994
37
The Need to Fight Terrorism 19942000
49
Pearl Harbor Syndrome and the Fables of Technology
59
Saving Ground Combat 19872000
73
Around September 11
85
Questions of Legitimacy
109
Empire War and Revolution
121
Conclusion
137
Notes
143
Bibliography
149
Index
155
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Over de auteur (2005)

Jean-Michel Valantin is lecturer in Strategic Studies and the Sociology of Defense, specialist in American strategy and researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Peace and Strategic Studies (CIRPES), France.

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