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The Culture of War

The Culture of War A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world s shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War Now in The Culture of

  • Title: The Culture of War
  • Author: Martin van Creveld
  • ISBN: 9780345505408
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world s shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason.War has always been a topic of deep intrigue Fighting itself can bA respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world s shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason.War has always been a topic of deep intrigue Fighting itself can be a source of great, perhaps even the greatest, joy out of this joy and fascination an entire culture has grown from the war paint of tribal warriors to today s tiger suits, from Julius Caesar s red cloak to Douglas McArthur s pipe, from the decorative shields of ancient Greece to today s nose art, and from the invention of chess around 600 A.D to the most modern combat simulators The culture of war has its own traditions, laws and customs, rituals, ceremonies, music, art, literature, and monuments since the beginning of civilization.Throughout the ages, the culture of war has usually been highly esteemed Not so in today s advanced countries, which tend either to mock it military intelligence is to intelligence what military music is to music or to denounce it as militaristic This provocative book, the first of its kind, sets out to show how wrongheaded, and even dangerous, such attitudes are The Culture of War argues that men and women, contrary to the hopes of some, are just as fascinated by war today as they have been in the past A military that has lost touch with the culture of war is doomed not merely to defeat but to disintegration.Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, this is a major work by one of the world s greatest and most insightful military historians.

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    About Author

    1. Martin van Creveld says:
      Martin Levi van Creveld born 5 March 1946 is an Israeli military historian and theorist.Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, and has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971 He is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War 1985 , Supplying War Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton 1977, 2nd edition 2004 , The Transformation of War 1991 , The Sword and the Olive 1998 and The Rise and Decline of the State 1999 are among the best known Van Creveld has lectured or taught at many strategic institutes in the Western world, including the U.S Naval War College.

    Comment 196 on “The Culture of War

    1. James says:
      Encyclopedic in narrative detail, but sometimes skimpy and arbitrary in analysis Professor Van Creveld is one of the world s leading authorities on military affairs, but this is not one of his better books he has a point in his message that political correctness is often unrealistic and can be very bad when trying to win a war, but it s also possible to go too far in the direction of being contrary for the sake of being contrary, and he does.In particular, I believe, based on my experience durin [...]

    2. Michael Burnam-Fink says:
      Van Creveld states in his introduction that the purpose of this book is to advance the serious study of warfare as an integral and universal part of the human experience, and to defend a long military tradition from the pernicious attacks of its enemies pacifists, feminists, and pernicious neo Clausewitzian battlespace managers The result is sweeping, but also uneven and arbitrary.The book starts quite well, with an examination of the importance of pomp, ritual, and ceremony in military affairs [...]

    3. Pat Dugan says:
      How America is losing the mindset of War We are becoming too weak to have the will to defeat our ememies The Feminization of our schools, culture and mindset will be our undoing Only a few warriors still man the walls, but are considered Neanderthals by the newer, kinder America.

    4. William says:
      Martin van Creveld is a notorious contrarian who will never give the reader an easy book In Culture of War, the author offers a serious survey of how the military is apart from society, yet a part of it.For van Creveld, that cultural linkage between the military and society is vital for both The military has a job to do that does not fit within the boundaries of society Those who fight and kill as civilians must be locked up for the good of society The military does the same, only within the bou [...]

    5. Terence says:
      From the blurb on the dust jacket of the copy I saw at the library, this sounds like a paean to the military ethos that will offend me to no end but it s always good to know what the other side thinks and it s always good to reassess one s assumptions in response to their critics.

    6. Joseph Carrabis says:
      I read The Culture of War partly for my anthropology studies, partly as research for another project, partly because conflict fascinates me like a good trainwreck The book is insightful and presents the logic and emotion of war equally A good read.

    7. Shawn says:
      In The Culture of War, Martin van Creveld provides a comprehensive review of the multiple societal aspects, both from the military and civil perspectives, which create a culture of war He also makes the case for the importance of a war culture, and describes conditions that can destroy a war culture Mr Creveld presents the full spectrum of the elements that go into a culture of war, covering everything from war paint, to how wars are declared and ended, to war museums and the collection of milit [...]

    8. Bruce says:
      Professor van Creveld has written a book that shows how war has permeated culture and become a culture itself The main theme of the book is summarized in his discussion on preparing for war Even the most cursory examination of such war games suggests that serious preparation for war and mere entertainment, training and fun, make believe and reality, are as closely entwined today as they have always been War has also created what one could describe as a sub culture, that is, a group with its own [...]

    9. Steve Penner says:
      This is a textbook on every aspect of war that you can identify how it is prepared for, how it is embraced, how it is fought, how it is ended and how it remembered among other aspects Would not recommend as light reading, but as an academic book in the context of a university level history class, it would be very informative and helpful.

    10. Philip Blood says:
      An important book and necessary but the reader rapidly gets the impression this book was rushed A lot of information but a low margin of analysis One gets the impression that the author recognised the trend towards cultural histories of war but lacked the resources to round it off Unlike most of the author s book, this is probably the only one that fails to deliver.

    11. Rob Field says:
      Van Creveld shows the common threads of military social and cultural forces over time It s a very good reminder that, regardless of the technological and economic changes of the past hundred years, war is very much the same.


    12. LM says:
      Anekdotisch, wel interessante verhandeling over oorlog en de bijbehorende cultuur Gaat wel erg kort door de bocht betreft de rol van vrouwen.


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