A Handbook of Military Conscription and Composition the World Over

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This book focuses on military conscription in 22 countries that represent the world's regions. The purpose is to shed light on the history, politics, and main events that led to the choice of conscription or professional military forces in the countries under study. While we acknowledge that practical and technological developments played major roles in this choice, we also understand that racial and gender relations, social group and political regime dynamics, regional influences, and international forces also ...

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Overview

This book focuses on military conscription in 22 countries that represent the world's regions. The purpose is to shed light on the history, politics, and main events that led to the choice of conscription or professional military forces in the countries under study. While we acknowledge that practical and technological developments played major roles in this choice, we also understand that racial and gender relations, social group and political regime dynamics, regional influences, and international forces also affected military composition and relations to the rest of the society. Through this review, we aim at providing an easy-to-access source of knowledge about military mobilization policies and historical developments as well as the main ideas, politics, and events that shaped them. Through this review, we offer a glimpse on developments that influenced societies and political systems and were reflected in their militaries.

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This book by Simon and Abdel-Moneim (both, American Univ.) begins with a broad introduction to military conscription throughout history, followed by chapters on 22 countries, 10 of which have conscription. It covers the major national military establishments worldwide. Chapters address the history of conscription in a particular country, the composition of the armed forces, and information on who can serve, along with the status of minorities, women, gays, and lesbians. Graphs feature, for a period of several years, the percentages of military expenditures related to the country's GDP, armed forces personnel as a percentage of the national labor force, and total armed forces personnel. Reference source notes appear at the end of chapters. Some brief, relevant, updated information can be found in the CIA's The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html (CH, Dec'09, 47-1794). Having this information in one place is convenient so that readers can avoid having to locate it in each country's ministry of defense website. This title is the 14th volume in the publisher's "World Over" series, which includes a related work by Simon (with Alison Brooks) titled Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship the World Over (2009)—useful because many countries do officially perceive military service as an individual's civic duty. This new handbook could be placed in either the reference or general circulating collections of a large public library or academic library, and in appropriate special collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.
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This book by Simon and Abdel-Moneim (both, American Univ.) begins with a broad introduction to military conscription throughout history, followed by chapters on 22 countries, 10 of which have conscription. It covers the major national military establishments worldwide. Chapters address the history of conscription in a particular country, the composition of the armed forces, and information on who can serve, along with the status of minorities, women, gays, and lesbians. Graphs feature, for a period of several years, the percentages of military expenditures related to the country's GDP, armed forces personnel as a percentage of the national labor force, and total armed forces personnel. Reference source notes appear at the end of chapters. Some brief, relevant, updated information can be found in the CIA's The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html (CH, Dec'09, 47-1794). Having this information in one place is convenient so that readers can avoid having to locate it in each country's ministry of defense website. This title is the 14th volume in the publisher's "World Over" series, which includes a related work by Simon (with Alison Brooks) titled Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship the World Over (2009)—useful because many countries do officially perceive military service as an individual's civic duty. This new handbook could be placed in either the reference or general circulating collections of a large public library or academic library, and in appropriate special collections. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.
Andrew Spivak
Rita J. Simon and Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim have produced a one-of-a-kind handbook that is both informative and insightful. The comprehensive country-by-country reviews of the social and political history, recruitment and conscription policy, and personnel demography of each national military provide a unique window into the sociological fabric of the world's armed forces.
University of Nevada
Rita J. Simon and Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim have produced a one-of-a-kind handbook that is both informative and insightful. The comprehensive country-by-country reviews of the social and political history, recruitment and conscription policy, and personnel demography of each national military provide a unique window into the sociological fabric of the world's armed forces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739167519
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 9/22/2011
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita J. Simon is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim is a doctoral student in the School of Public Affairs at American University

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Military Forces the World Over Part 2 Part I: Historical Background Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Military Conscription Past and Present Part 4 Part II: Country by Country Review Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Canada Chapter 6 Chapter 3: United States Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Argentina Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Brazil Chapter 9 Chapter 6: United Kingdom Chapter 10 Chapter 7: France Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Germany Chapter 12 Chapter 9: Italy Chapter 13 Chapter 10: Spain Chapter 14 Chapter 11: Sweden Chapter 15 Chapter 12: Hungary Chapter 16 Chapter 13: Poland Chapter 17 Chapter 14: Russia Chapter 18 Chapter 15: Israel Chapter 19 Chapter 16: Egypt Chapter 20 Chapter 17: Iran Chapter 21 Chapter 18: Nigeria Chapter 22 Chapter 19: South Africa Chapter 23 Chapter 20: India Chapter 24 Chapter 21: China Chapter 25 Chapter 22: Japan Chapter 26 Chapter 23: Australia Part 27 Part III: Concluding Comments Chapter 28 Chapter 24: 24.Concluding Comments Chapter 29 Appendix A

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