Imagining War: French and British Military Doctrine between the Wars

Imagining War: French and British Military Doctrine between the Wars

by Elizabeth Kier

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Imagining War: French and British Military Doctrine between the Wars by Elizabeth Kier

In this innovative theoretical book, Elizabeth Kier uses a cultural approach to take issue with the conventional wisdom that military organizations inherently prefer offensive doctrines. Kier argues instead that a military's culture affects its choices between offensive and defensive military doctrines. Drawing on organizational theory, she demonstrates that military organizations differ in their worldview and the proper conduct of their mission. It is this organizational culture that shapes how the military responds to constraints, such as terms of conscription set by civilian policymakers.

In richly detailed case studies, Kier examines doctrinal developments in France and Great Britain during the interwar period. She tests her cultural argument against the two most powerful alternative explanations and illustrates that neither the functional needs of military organizations nor the structural demands of the international system can explain doctrinal choice. She also reveals as a myth the argument that the lessons of World War I explain the defensive doctrines in World War II. Imagining War addresses two important debates. It tackles a central debate in security studies: the origins of military doctrine. And by showing the power of a cultural approach, it offers an alternative to the prevailing rationalist explanations of international politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691605043
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction 3

1 Structure, Function, and Military Doctrine 10

2 Culture and Military Doctrine 21

3 Explaining French Doctrine 39

4 Culture and French Doctrine 56

5 Explaining British Doctrine 89

6 Culture and British Doctrine 109

7 Conclusion 140

Notes 167

Works Cited 203

Index 231




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Jack L. Snyder

[Elizabeth Kier's] sharpening of the concept of culture and her analysis of the relationship between culture and interests are a major contribution.

Jack L. Snyder, Institute for War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

[Elizabeth Kier's] sharpening of the concept of culture and her analysis of the relationship between culture and interests are a major contribution.

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