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Throughout history, war has been an integral part of the human condition Despite
apparent advances in civilization, wars still occurred and have merely become more
sophisticated with the passing years. Military history is the study of this "organized societal violence." Traditional, "old" military historians wrote about great commanders and grand campaigns in sweeping pen-strokes. They traced the movements of brigades, surveyed the roughness of terrain, and evaluated the leadership styles of generals!
The "new" military history offers a richer, more comprehensive study ofwar Broader
social aspects of the soldier receive much-needed consideration 2 Psychological,
orgamzational, and logistical issues also get factored into the military equation For example, the so-called "grunt" in the trenches receives greater attention His psyche, morale, and masculinity become fair game for exploration3 Interservice and civil-military relations garn clarification through institutional studies Logistics receives magnified consideration. The military adage "the army travels on its stomach" rings more true than ever. Military history is not limited to the conflicts themselves The often-tenuous peace between wars must also be investigated.6 In sum, the "new" military history explores the strategic, tactical, economic, political, social, diplomatic, industrial, and technological effects on wars.
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