"A thoughtful and informed study that draws on a wide range of examples."
European History Quarterly
"This book is profoundly important for historians of warfare, but above all for its practitioners."
John France, Swansea University
"This work fills an intellectual niche: it is the only one establishing culture as a flexible, malleable concept. Key themes, above all the flexible nature of culture and the limits and prospects of its use as a tool for analyzing war,are clearly demonstrated. The book's thesis is also effectively contextualized with alternative analytical matrices, such as technology as a key determinant. Jeremy Black is one of the few scholars of war who commands the sources and goes beyond them."
Dennis Showalter, Colorado College