Atrocity in warfare: a social and cultural history

  • Cassidy-Welch, Megan (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims to investigate how and why atrocity in war is understood, questioned, and given meaning. It will
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.
Effective start/end date1/01/1630/10/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$278,173.00
  • Monash University