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Ethnicity and the Military in Asia
     

Ethnicity and the Military in Asia

by DeWitt C. Ellinwood (Editor)
 
This volume examines ethnicity in relation to one major facet of Asian life-the military. Ethnicity, now being studied on a variety of scholarly and geographical fronts, is a fruitful topic for consideration in the study of the relationships between the Asian armed forces and their governments and societies. While Ethnicity and the Military of Asia profits from recent

Overview

This volume examines ethnicity in relation to one major facet of Asian life-the military. Ethnicity, now being studied on a variety of scholarly and geographical fronts, is a fruitful topic for consideration in the study of the relationships between the Asian armed forces and their governments and societies. While Ethnicity and the Military of Asia profits from recent explorations of ethnicity, it also benefits from the current interest in a close scholarly examination of the relationship between armed forces, war, and society.

Since the military institutions of so many Asian societies have played or are playing leading roles in their country's government, the military has a relationship, often ambiguous, to the development of the expression of nationhood-a central factor in the new states of Asia. This study shows that policies concerning the military have importance for intergroup relations by expressing policies on ethnicity and by modifying relations between ethnic groups. One factor that correlates with this is that policy concerning membership in the military has a relationship to the search for "modernization" and to social mobility.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878553877
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1980
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

DeWitt C. Ellingwood is associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at the State University of New York at Albany. He recently coedited and contributed to a volume of essays, India in World War I, and is currently examining sociohistorical aspects of the Indian armed forces, 1914-1947.

Cynthia H. Enloe is associate professor of government at Clark University. Among her publications are Multi-Ethnic Politics: The Case of Malaysia, Ethnic Conflict and Political Development, and Police, Military, and Ethnicity.

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