Soldiers and Civilization

Soldiers and Civilization

Author: Reed Robert Bonadonna

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781682470688

Category: History

Page: 340

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This book covers the history of the military profession in the Western World from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Drawing from military history, from sociology, and other disciplines, it goes beyond traditional insights to locate the military profession in the context of both literary and cultural history. The thesis of the book is that soldiers have made an unacknowledged contribution to the theory and practice of civilization, and that they will again be called upon to do so going forward in important ways. While this thesis is not original, the approach to upholding it is, particularly in the extent to which the book draws on the disciplines of the humanities to make its points. The military profession, considered most comprehensively, might be considered as an interdisciplinary branch of the humanities. A soldier is made of the words of history, poetry, and the laws and language of his calling. To fulfill its future role, the military professionals of today must know, heed, and apply the examples and narrative of the most successful and exemplary military professionals of the past at their best. Given the possibility of devastating conflicts or natural cataclysms in our century, the military profession might be called upon to preserve values of civilization even after the physical temple has been pulled down. The profession of arms is still something that civilization cannot exist without, and perhaps only its unique combination of strength and wisdom in matters of life and death will be sufficient to save us.
The Diary of a Manchu Soldier in Seventeenth-Century China
Language: en
Pages: 154
Authors: Nicola Di Cosmo
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-24 - Publisher: Routledge

Providing original insights into Chinese military history, Nicola Di Cosmo gives an annotated translation of the only known military diary in pre-modern Chinese history, providing fresh and extensive information on the inner workings of the Ch'ing army. The personal experience of the author, a young Manchu officer fighting in inhospitable
Collecting Toy Soldiers in the 21st Century
Language: en
Pages: 233
Authors: James Opie
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-01-01 - Publisher: Casemate Publishers

This serves as an update of the author's successful Collecting Toy Soldiers (Collins, 1987; pbk edition, New Cavendish, 1991). In it James Opie gives the collector the benefit of thirty years' experience as the world's leading authority on traditional toy soldiers (as opposed to model soldiers used in wargaming etc)
The Soldier Experience in the Fourteenth Century
Language: en
Pages: 246
Authors: Anne Curry, Andy King, David Simpkin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

Essays throwing fresh light on what it was like to be a medieval soldier, drawing on archival research.
God and the British Soldier
Language: en
Pages: 337
Authors: Michael Snape
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-05-07 - Publisher: Routledge

Drawing on a wealth of new material from military, ecclesiastical and secular civilian archives, this book shows that religion had much greater currency and influence in twentieth-century British society than has previously been realized.
Narratives of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Language: en
Pages: 263
Authors: C. Kennedy
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-19 - Publisher: Springer

The volume explores how the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars were experienced, perceived and narrated by contemporaries in Britain and Ireland, drawing on an extensive range of personal testimonies by soldiers, sailors and civilians to shed new light on the social and cultural history of the period and the history of