A social and cultural history of atrocity in warfare. This project aims to investigate how and why atrocity in war is understood, questioned, and given meaning. It plans to focus on a pivotal historical moment in the conceptualisation of legitimate and excessive violence in war – the medieval crusades from c. 1095–1300 – to analyse how societies came to establish the limits of violence and why it was historically important for them to do so. The anticipated outcomes of the project are new understanding of how and why the medieval period was crucial in the formation of ideas about the boundaries of war; new insights into how concepts of atrocity become culturally and socially important; and expansion of Australia’s knowledge base in the history and conduct of war.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project