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G.I. Messiahs : soldiering, war, and American civil religion

Author: Jonathan H Ebel
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about the religious dynamics of soldiering for America from the Great War, which I mark as the emergence of the United States as a global power, to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, which future historians will certainly describe as national crises, perhaps even as engines of American decline. Hundreds of histories have been written of the wars waged in the so-called American century and of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan H Ebel
ISBN: 9780300176704 0300176708
OCLC Number: 906878032
Description: xi, 241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Incarnating American civil religion --
Symbols known, soldiers unknown --
In honored glory, known but to God --
Saint Francis the Fallen --
The Vietnam War as a christological crisis --
Safety, soldier, scapegoat, savior --
Conclusion : of flesh, words, and wars.
Responsibility: Jonathan H. Ebel.

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"This book is about the religious dynamics of soldiering for America from the Great War, which I mark as the emergence of the United States as a global power, to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, which future historians will certainly describe as national crises, perhaps even as engines of American decline. Hundreds of histories have been written of the wars waged in the so-called American century and of exercises of American might--both violent and not--that have, in one way or another, fallen short of war."--

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"Jonathan Ebel's aptly titled GI Messiahs is the odds down finest study of the central role that American soldiers contribute to America's 'civil religion.' Ebel persuasively demonstrates that Read more...

 
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