The Gulf War Did Not Take Place  

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The Gulf War Did Not Take Place, a book by Jean Baudrillard, is a collection of three essays published in Libération and the Guardian between January and March 1991. Contrary to the provocative title, the author does believe that the events and violence of the Gulf War actually took place. The title is a reference to the play The Trojan war will not take place by Jean Giraudoux (in which characters attempt to prevent what the audience knows is inevitable).

The essays in Libération and the Guardian were published before, during and after the Gulf War and they were titled accordingly: During the American military and rhetorical buildup as "The Gulf War Will not take Place"; during military action as "The Gulf War is not Taking Place", and after action was over, "The Gulf War Did Not Take Place". A book collecting the original articles in French was published in 1991. The English translation was published in 1995.`

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