Out of sight, out of reach: Moral issues in the globalization of the battlefield

21 November 2016 Éric Germain

The Great War ushered in a new era of long-distance combat. For the first time, weapons with a very long range were massively deployed, in previously unheard-of places: under the sea and in the air. Stealth fighting also included espionage and propaganda, now orchestrated on a global scale. In reaction to the carnage in the trenches, a degree of moral rehabilitation came to be conferred on the weapons initially associated with a "cowards' war". This in turn encouraged experimentation with the new, unmanned technology that would lead to the first prototypes of guided munitions and drones.

About the author

Éric Germain
Historian

Éric Germain is a historian and specialist in the anthropology of religion. Since 2009 he has been reflecting on the ethics of newly emerging weapons technology.