The Media and the Military: From the Crimea to Desert Strike

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The first comprehensive study of the contentious issue of the public's right to know in time of war or limited conflict. The book traces the uneasy relations between the military and a generally unprepared and gullible media, from the Crimea to the present day. It shows how the advent of nuclear warfare has outlawed the nationalistic wars of survival of the past, and freed the citizen from his age-old obligations in time of war, able to make up his or her own mind on the merits of the situation. It is here that ...
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Overview

The first comprehensive study of the contentious issue of the public's right to know in time of war or limited conflict. The book traces the uneasy relations between the military and a generally unprepared and gullible media, from the Crimea to the present day. It shows how the advent of nuclear warfare has outlawed the nationalistic wars of survival of the past, and freed the citizen from his age-old obligations in time of war, able to make up his or her own mind on the merits of the situation. It is here that the battle lies, in the struggle for public opinion as a necessary precursor to war. This book details how the military discovered the secret of media and public manipulation in the Falklands, tested it in Grenada, and refined it in Panama before deploying it in all its glory during the Gulf. This book is essential reading for every soldier and journalist, or any student of military history as it points the way to the future.
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Australian scholars of military and media trace the evolution of war reporting from the middle of the 19th century to the end of the 20th, focusing on the conflicts since the uprising in Northern Ireland and the Vietnam War. They conclude that the military manipulation of the media that emerged from the Falklands was tested in Grenada, refined in Panama, and deployed in all its glory during the 1991 Gulf war to marginalize and sideline the media, rather than censor it, just long enough to gain the public support needed. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312210120
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1997
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Changed Nature of War and Duties of the Citizen in Time of War 1
2 The Evolution of the Conflict between the Media and the Military 20
3 Post-War Self Determination: The Unheeded Warning 45
4 Northern Ireland: A Classic Democratic Dilemma 62
5 Vietnam: Deception on a National Scale 79
6 The Falklands Conflict: A Policy of Media Manipulation 97
7 Grenada: An Emerging Pattern of Control 120
8 Panama: A Deliberate Policy of Exclusion 139
9 The Gulf Conflict: The Ascendancy of the Military 158
10 The Media and United Nations Peace-Keeping 192
11 Somalia: The Uninvited Intervention 204
12 Cambodia: The War the Media Forgot 226
13 Haiti: A Domestically-Driven Intervention 251
14 Conclusion: An Uncertain Future 271
Notes and References 297
Select Bibliography 365
Index 382
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