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    Default Too elaborate of a sentence to my understanding

    This is taken from an introduction page of the famous novel, Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.

    Catch-22 was the American book that - perhaps more than any other of its time - voiced the anxious, absurdist, outragious reaction of a generation to a dark conflict that had taken American soldiers and airmen to Europe, and concluded not just in the defeat of totalitarianism, but in a victor on behalf of the world of our glossy, often alienating, post-modern affluence.
    There's not a single word I don't know, and I also get the grammatical structure. But somehow I lose my train of thought along where it says "in a victory on behalf of the world of...".

    Why a victory "on behalf" of the world of our post-modern affluence?
    Why not a victory of the world of our post-modern affluence?

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    Default Re: Too elaborate of a sentence to my understanding

    I have to say, why not indeed.

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    Default Re: Too elaborate of a sentence to my understanding

    Do you happen to know why 'on behalf of' is added in the sentence?

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