Author Archives: Stephan Malinowski

About Stephan Malinowski

Lecturer in modern European history at University College Dublin. His first book, Vom König zum Führer: Sozialer Niedergang und politische Radikalisierung im deutschen Adel zwischen Kaiserreich und NS-Staat (Akademie, 2003), deals with the relationship between the German nobility and the National Socialist movement. The book won the Hans Rosenberg Prize in 2004. He is now at work on a book project titled Violent Humanitarians: Forced Modernization and the Legacy of Europe's Colonial Wars. He has published on forced modernization during the Algerian War, the debate over the colonial origins of the Holocaust and the "colonial" character of National Socialist rule in Eastern Europe, and the influence of collective violence on the formation of European identity.

Transformative Invasions: Western Post-9/11 Counterinsurgency and the Lessons of Colonialism

During the 1950s, European colonial powers invented new types of warfare, combining military violence, social engineering, and forced “modernization” in the so-called battles for hearts and minds. Feichtinger and Malinowski explore the rediscovery of such techniques, and the subsequent emergence of refined and partly tamed versions of counterinsurgency warfare, in Afghanistan and Iraq during the last decade. The systematic application of anthropological knowledge, a new type of “warrior intellectual” among military leaders, and the representation of war as a necessarily armed form of developmental aid and way to enforce human rights represent a remarkably open appropriation of large parts of Europe’s violent late-colonial heritage.