Culture of War (Hardback)
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Hardback 512 Pages / Published: 30/09/2008
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In theory war is a means to an end, a rational, if very brutal, activity intended to serve the interests of one group of people by killing, wounding, or otherwise incapacitating those who oppose it. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. Facts beyond number prove that war exercises a powerful fascination in its own right. Out of this fascination grew an entire culture that surrounds it as water surrounds a fish. The Culture of War ranges from the often exuberant shapes and decoration of armor to today's"tiger suits"; from war games played by the ancient Egyptians on specially-made boards all the way to the vast variety of present-day war games, exercises, and maneuvers; and from Yahweh's commandments in the Pentateuch to the numbered paragraphs of today's international law. It includes the values and traditions of warriors as manifested in their deportment, customs, literature, parades, reviews, and other assorted ceremonies, as well as the endlessly varied ways in which wars have been declared, brought to a formal end, and commemorated. This volume, the first of its kind in any language, provides a comprehensive account of the subject. It takes aim both at leftists who denounce the culture of war as"militarist" and at "hard headed" strategists who see it as useless; arguing that the culture of war, far from being passe, is as alive today as it has ever been. Conversely, a society which, for one reason or another, loses touch with this culture will be helpless in front of one that has retained it and relishes in it. Martin van Creveld, professor of history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is one of the world's best-known experts on military history and strategy.

Publisher: Presidio Press
ISBN: 9780345505408
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 826 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 36 mm


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Advance praise for The Culture of War
"This splendid volume affirms what we already know: Martin van Creveld is the most creative, most insightful, and most important military historian writing in English today."
-Andrew J. Bacevich, author of" "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
"For more than thirty years Martin van Creveld has been one of the world's foremost military thinkers. In" "The Culture of War, van Creveld once more shows an exceptional mastery of his subject as he explores a vital but rarely acknowledged aspect of war, its deep-rooted culture. As he did in his provocative" "The Transformation of War, van Creveld argues against the premise that wars are fought only for political ends fails to recognize that war is also an end in itself. Van Creveld presents his case powerfully and convincingly with a rich mixture of historical and contemporary examples. Citizens and soldiers alike will find this book informative, novel, and thought-provoking."
-Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
"Martin van Creveld continues to give us insight into the many facets of war. Each time he adds another dimension, sharing his broad knowledge and brilliant analytical mind. The Culture of War brings us another step into understanding the underlying issues."
-Dr. Joel P. Wyler, chairman, Granaria Holdings B.V.
Advance praise for The Culture of War

"This splendid volume affirms what we already know: Martin van Creveld is the most creative, most insightful, and most important military historian writing in English today."
-Andrew J. Bacevich, author of""The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War

"For more than thirty years Martin van Creveld has been one of the world's foremost military thinkers. In""The Culture of War, van Creveld once more shows an exceptional mastery of his subject as he explores a vital but rarely acknowledged aspect of war, its deep-rooted culture. As he did in his provocative""The Transformation of War, van Creveld argues against the premise that wars are fought only for political ends fails to recognize that war is also an end in itself. Van Creveld presents his case powerfully and convincingly with a rich mixture of historical and contemporary examples. Citizens and soldiers alike will find this book informative, novel, and thought-provoking."
-Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

"Martin van Creveld continues to give us insight into the many facets of war. Each time he adds another dimension, sharing his broad knowledge and brilliant analytical mind. The Culture of War brings us another step into understanding the underlying issues."
-Dr. Joel P. Wyler, chairman, Granaria Holdings B.V.

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