The Ultimate Experience

The Ultimate Experience

by Yuval Noah Harari
     
 

The experience of war is often viewed today as an experience of revelation. War disillusions or enlightens people, transforms their personality, and changes their understanding of the world. Ten minutes of combat is often enough to teach people what decades of peacetime cannot. Those who did not undergo the extreme experiences of war can never understand its

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The experience of war is often viewed today as an experience of revelation. War disillusions or enlightens people, transforms their personality, and changes their understanding of the world. Ten minutes of combat is often enough to teach people what decades of peacetime cannot. Those who did not undergo the extreme experiences of war can never understand its lessons. This view of war may seem ancient and universal but it emerged in the West only between 1740 and 1865, a product of Enlightenment and Romantic ideas about knowledge, experience, and the relationship between body and mind. The emergence of this view was one of the key components in an unprecedented military revolution. The new perception of war as revelation transformed not only the experience and culture of war, but also war politics, the status of the common soldier, and the tenets of military theory.

About the Author:
Yuval Noah Harari is a military historian specializing in the study of war experience and war culture. He lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

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'Like a good detective story, Harari presents us with facts and clues which seem to lead towards one conclusion, only to puncture our certainties. This is a book of exraordinary wit, erudition, and range.' - Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230266926
Publisher:
Palgrave-UK-USA
Publication date:
03/07/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

YUVAL NOAH HARARI is a military historian specializing in the study of war experience and war culture. He lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

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