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The Man on Horseback: The Role of the Military in Politics

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The role of the military in a society raises a number of issues: How much separation should there be between a civil government and its army? Should the military be totally subordinate to the polity? Or should the armed forces be allowed autonomy in order to provide national security? Recently, the dangers of military dictatorships-as have existed in countries like Panama, ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 15th 2002 by Taylor & Francis (first published 1962)
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David V
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting through this book. Perhaps its too specialized for my taste....
Timothy
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The book is very much a product of its time period, but some (but limited) applications to today's information age. Much of the book consists of definitions to terms that Samuel uses in later passages. The irony is that Samuel doesn't seem to incorporate some of the principles regarding the disposition of the military to intervene into the actual interventions examined. He emphasizes the political culture of a country and dispositions seem to be an afterthought - despite spending a good deal of ...more
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Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in understanding the role of the military in politics
Recommended to Amanullah by: Rashid Rehman
Lays out a basic framework. Critical question: why don't military coups happen more often than they actually do?!
Marwan Asmar
An excellent book on the role of military in politics all over the world. An academic textbook, it is well-developed and written in a style that is easy to read and enjoyable
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