War and Conflict
The history of mankind has always been characterized by the propensity to violence, on a personal level between individuals, but also on a large scale, between cities and nations. Out of these wars and conflicts have come some of the most compelling stories of heroism, as well as barbarism. We remain fascinated by the narrative of war whether it is in a historical investigation into campaigns and conflicts as a whole, such as Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March by Adam Zamoyski, or by personal accounts of the experience of being soldier in battle, like Robert Graves' harrowing depiction of World War I in Goodbye to All That, or by journalism from conflict zones, such as Michael Herr’s descriptions of his experiences in the Vietnam war in Dispatches. War has also gripped the imaginations of authors and poets throughout the ages, as early as Homer’s Iliad, and it has continued up to the present day in works such as Hassan Blasim’s Iraqi perspective on the Iraq war in The Corpse Exhibition. This fascination with war and its consequences can also be seen in a range of literary genres such fantasy and science fiction. These allow us to explore the idea of human conflict, in settings which are vastly different to our own, but with experiences that remain unmistakably human.