chapter  19
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Landscapes of power and pleasure

Other than the bitter wars in the former Yugoslavia, Europe has not experienced a major conflict for fifty years, the longest period in its history. It is understandable, now that even the Cold War is fading, that many people feel complacent about peace and have begun to take it for granted. The same cannot be said of other continents where tank battles, guerilla infiltration, armed stand offs and even genocide with spears and machetes are common currency. The norm for the world is still instability and preparedness for war. It has been ever thus and in consequence there have been a myriad of modifications to the environment, both before and after battle.