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Waging war without warriors? : the changing culture of military conflict

Author: Christopher Coker
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, ©2002.
Series: IISS studies in international security.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the past, posits Christopher Coker, wars were all-encompassing; they were a test not only of individual bravery but of an entire community's will to survive. In the West today, in contrast, wars are tools of foreign policy, not intrinsic to the values of a society - they are instrumental rather than existential. The clash between these two "cultures of war" can be seen starkly in the recent struggle in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Coker
ISBN: 1588261050 9781588261052 1588261301 9781588261304
OCLC Number: 50773711
Description: vii, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Warrior's Dishonor --
The Origins of the Western Way of Warfare --
The Western Way of Warfare and the Modern Age --
The Death of the Warrior Tradition and the American Way of Warfare --
The West Encounters the Non-Western World --
The Warrior Tradition and the Non-Western Way of Warfare --
Posthuman War.
Series Title: IISS studies in international security.
Responsibility: Christopher Coker.
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In this text, Christopher Coker offers both a history of martial cultures and an analysis of how these are now changing. He locates the origins of the Western way of war in ancient Greece: for  Read more...

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