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History of Militarism

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The author traces militarism from the time of the breakdown of feudalism in the Middle Ages to the recent days of the Cold War.
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Published January 1st 1967 by Free Press, The (first published 1959)
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Shaun Appleby
This somewhat turgid volume traces militarism throughout history with an understandably detailed treatment beginning from the period of the French revolution and Napoleanic wars to the rise of the Third Reich. While covering much specific ground treated better elsewhere the comprehensive historical approach and lengthy digressions into the significance of conscription, industrialisation and the influence of their general staffs on the political fortunes of the Great Powers is very satisfying.

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sologdin
Jun 11, 2011 sologdin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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interesting, dense. draws a distinction between ostentatious militarism and proper military tradition/military ethos. fascists have the former whereas democracies tend to have the latter. the two items are in inverse proportion--more showy bullshit means that one is less likely to have a proper military ethos, &c.
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Oct 28, 2014 Ryan Kell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most fascinating, well researched books I have ever read. Possibly the best. Such depth, vision, and scholarship.
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