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The Routledge History of Global War and Society

ISBN 9781138849808
Published March 2, 2018 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge History of Global War and Society offers a sweeping introduction to the most significant research on the causes, experiences, and impacts of war throughout history. This collection of twenty-seven essays by leading historians demonstrates how war and society studies have dramatically expanded the chronological, geographic, and thematic breadth of the field of military history. Each chapter addresses the ways in which recent scholarship has integrated cultural, ethical, environmental, medical, and ideological factors to explain both conventional conflicts and genocide, terrorism, and other forms of mass violence. The broad scope of the collection makes it the perfect primer for scholars and students seeking to understand the complex interactions of warfare and those affecting and affected by conflict.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Matthew S. Muehlbauer and David J. Ubrich

Part I: Regional and Temporal Approaches

  1. War and Society in East Asia -- Kenneth M. Swope
  2. War and Society in Southeast Asia -- Richard A. Ruth
  3. War and Society in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania – Peter J. Dean and Tristan Moss
  4. War and Society in South Asia -- Kaushik Roy
  5. War and Society in the Middle East and Northern Africa – Eileen Ryan
  6. War and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Bruce Vandervort and Marilyn Zilli
  7. War and Society in the Ancient Mediterranean -- Matthew Trundle
  8. War and Society in Early Modern Europe -- Aaron Graham
  9. War and Society in Modern Europe -- Adam R. Seipp
  10. War and Society in Modern England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – Margaret Sankey
  11. War and Society in Latin America -- Ellen Tillman
  12. War and Society: North America to 1877 -- Matthew S. Muehlbauer
  13. War and Society: North America since 1877 -- Antulio J. Echevarria II

  14. Part II: Thematic Approaches

  15. Media and War -- Jay Lockenour
  16. War, the Body, and Health – Bobby A. Wintermute
  17. The Combatant Experience -- Eric W. Klinek
  18. Prisoners of War and Repatriation – Paul J. Springer
  19. Home Fronts -- Bianka J. Adams
  20. War and Environment – Jason W. Smith
  21. War, Atrocity, and Genocide -- Hilary Earl
  22. War and Terrorism -- Stephen Connor
  23. Religion, Ethics, and War – Jacqueline E. Whitt
  24. Race and Ethnicity – David J. Ulbrich and Alexander M. Bielakowski
  25. Gender and Sexuality -- Heather Marine Stur
  26. Nationalism and Militarism -- Ingo Trauschweizer
  27. Memory and Memorialization -- Michael Dolski
  28. War and Culture -- Matthew S. Muehlbauer


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Matthew S. Muehlbauer is Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy.

David J. Ulbrich is Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Arts in History and Military History degrees at Norwich University.


"A superb summary , topically and chronologically organized in some 27 essays, of the more recent studies and controversies in this field."

Peter Karsten, Editor-in-Chief of the prize-winning 3 volume Encyclopedia of War and American Society


"An essential volume for scholars and students alike: providing masterful summations, by prominent historians, of the now rich historiography of war and society: including key thematic issues and a regional coverage that, crucially, extends beyond the traditional focus on Europe and North America to incorporate the often-neglected non-European world."

Joan Beaumont, The Australian National University