James Haddrell takes a look at war and the theatre

The term ‘theatre of war’ has been in use for more than 300 years. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, its first use was recorded in 1703, but while the expression originally related simply to the contained area in which a military campaign was to take place, without any kind of performative connotations, in more recent years the theatrical nature of conflict has become ever more evident.

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