Military Honour and the Conduct of War: From Ancient Greece to Iraq

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Overview

This book analyses the influences of ideas of honor on the causes, conduct, and endings of wars from Ancient Greece through to the present-day war in Iraq. It does this through a series of historical case studies. In the process, it highlights both the differences and the similarities between the various eras under study, and draws conclusions about the relevance of honor to war in the modern era.
Each chapter looks at a particular period in history and is divided into nine sections:

Honor and virtue in the relevant period;
Honor and the causes of war;
Honor as a motivation for fighting;
Honors and rewards;
Death and honor;
Honor and the conduct of war;
Honor and the enemy;
Honor and the ending of wars;
Women and honor.

The book makes use of original archival research and interviews with serving military officers, as well as secondary source material. Its subject will be of interest not merely to students of military history, military ethics, securitystudies and international relations, and anthropology/sociology/philosophy/history of ideas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415392013
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/23/2006
  • Series: Cass Military Studies Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Classical Greece 11
3 Ancient Rome 35
4 Mediaeval chivalry 60
5 Elizabethan England 83
6 Southern honour and the American Civil War 111
7 British imperialism, 1815-1918 138
8 The Cold War and after 164
9 Conclusion 190
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