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The Postmodern Military : Armed Forces after the Cold War - Charles C. Moskos

The Postmodern Military

Armed Forces after the Cold War

By: Charles C. Moskos (Editor), John Allen Williams (Editor), David R. Segal (Editor)

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Published: 1st March 2000
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The end of the Cold War augurs momentous changes within armed forces in Western societies. Clarification of these changes is the purpose of The Postmodern Military. The armed forces of the United States and those of other Western developed democracies are moving toward a postmodern format. The modern military that fully emerged in the nineteenth century was associated with the rise of the nation-state, war oriented in mission, a conscripted mass army, masculine in makeup and ethos, and sharply differentiated in structure and culture from civilian society. The postmodern military, by contrast, undergoes a loosening of the ties with the nation-state, becomes multipurpose in mission, moves toward a smaller volunteer force, is increasingly androgynous in makeup and ethos, and has greater permeability with civilian society. The Postmodern Military assesses contemporary civil-military trends by first looking at specific areas in the U.S. military. Then, an international team of leading military sociologists assesses the postmodern thesis in twelve countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK). This book provides the student and defense professional with a foundation on which to base organizational and personal policies. It also has much to tell the general reader about what life is really like in today's military and how it is both the same and different around the world.

"A timely concept splendidly executed...brings to bear an arsenal of the highest-caliber insights. This is one of the few genuinely-worthwhile books on contemporary military affairs...highly recommended!"-Ralph Peters, author of Fighting for the Future "A timely concept splendidly executed...brings to bear an arsenal of the highest-caliber insights. This is one of the few genuinely-worthwhile books on contemporary military affairs...highly recommended!"-Ralph Peters, author of Fighting for the Future

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Armed Forces After the Cold War
Toward a Postmodern Military: The United States as a Paradigm
United Kingdom: The Overstretched Military
France: In the Throes of Epoch-Making Change
Germany: Forerunner of a Post-National Military?
Netherlands The Final Professionalization of the Military
Denmark: From Obligation to Option
Italy: A Military for What?
Canada: Managing Change with Shrinking Resources
Australia and New Zealand: Contingent and Concordant Militaries
Switzerland: Between Tradition and Modernity
Israel: Still Waiting in the Wings
South Africa: Emerging from a Time Warp
The Postmodern Military Reconsidered
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ISBN: 9780195133288
ISBN-10: 0195133285
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.56