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Description - The Culture of War by Martin van Creveld

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780345505408
ISBN-10: 0345505409
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Presidio Press
Publisher: Presidio Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Martin van Creveld

Martin van Creveld, professor of history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is one of the best-known experts on military history and strategy. He has written eighteen books, which have been translated into fourteen languages; most notable among them are The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from Marne to Iraq; Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton; Command in War; and The Transformation of War. Professor van Creveld has consulted to the defense departments of numerous governments, including that of the United States. He was the second civilian expert ever to be invited to address the Israeli General Staff, and has lectured or taught at practically every institute of strategic military study. Van Creveld has appeared on CNN, BBC, and other international networks and has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek and the International Herald Tribune.

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