War and the Cultural Turn / Edition 1

War and the Cultural Turn / Edition 1

by Jeremy Black
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745648339

ISBN-13: 9780745648330

Pub. Date: 01/03/2012

Publisher: Wiley

In this stimulating new text, renowned military historian Jeremy Black unpacks the concept of culture as a descriptive and analytical approach to the history of warfare. Black takes the reader through the limits and prospects of culture as a tool for analyzing war, while also demonstrating the necessity of maintaining the context of alternative analytical matrices,

Overview

In this stimulating new text, renowned military historian Jeremy Black unpacks the concept of culture as a descriptive and analytical approach to the history of warfare. Black takes the reader through the limits and prospects of culture as a tool for analyzing war, while also demonstrating the necessity of maintaining the context of alternative analytical matrices, such as technology.

Black sets out his unique approach to culture and warfare without making his paradigm into a straightjacket. He goes on to demonstrate the flexibility of his argument through a series of case studies which include the contexts of rationale (Gloire), strategy (early modern Britaisn), organizations (the modern West), and ideologies (the Cold War). These case studies drive home the point at the core of the book: culture is not a bumper sticker; it is a survival mechanism. Culture is not immutable; it is adaptable.

Wide-ranging, international and always provocative, War and the Cultural Turn will be required reading for all students of military history and security studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745648330
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1. Introduction 1

2. The Culture of Gloire: The Royal Military 44

3. Strategic Culture: The Case of Britain, 1688–1815 64

4. Organizational Cultures: Western Warfare, 1815–1950 91

5. Strategic Culture: The Cold War 110

6. From the Cold War into the Future 121

7. Culture and Military Analysis 141

8. Conclusions 153

Notes 175

Selected Further Reading 191

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