This title was first published in 2001. Militarism connotes more than unadulterated aggression. It encapsulates a way of life and involves the inculcation of military values as an end in itself. This text examines the factors which have been held to account for the rise of militarism in particular social contexts, using case studies and comparative analysis of this perennial phenomenon.
The question of social control;
War and the professionals;
Militarism and human nature: The phenomenon of massacre and genocide;
Militarism and culture: tribal society;
Militarism and motivation;
Militarism and status;
The Hundred Years War;
Militarism and the territorial imperative;
Militarism: the economic factor;
Militarism: the political necessity argument;
Militarism and the ethical implications of aggressive war;
Militarism, games and ritual compulsion; Excursus: the phenomenon of blood-sacrifice;
Militarism as a religious imperative;
Militarism as a test of manhood;
Militarism and the warrior death;
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