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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)

Paperback Published: 1st March 2000
ISBN: 9780195133295
Number Of Pages: 304

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The end of the Cold War has brought about momentous changes within the armed forces in Western societies. The Postmodern Military examines these changes by presenting a general theoretical model of national military transformation--what the editors define as the "postmodern" military. The modern military that emerged in the nineteenth century was associated with the rise of the nation-state. It was a conscripted mass army, war-oriented in mission, masculine in makeup and ethos, and sharply differentiated in structure and culture from civilian society. The postmodern military, by contrast, loosens the ties with the nation-state, becomes multipurpose in mission, and moves toward a smaller volunteer force. It is increasingly androgynous in makeup and ethos and has greater permeability with civilian society. This book examines contemporary civil-military trends by looking at the militaries of the United States and twelve other Western democracies. An international team of leading military sociologists assesses the postmodern thesis in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Postmodern Military provides students and defense professionals with a foundation on which to base organizational and personnel policies. It also gives the general reader an opportunity to learn 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 "It has been said that no great power has reformed its military absent a major military defeat. This book offers a blueprint, a compass, and hope for 21st Century America to avoid this fate. It should become central in a post-Cold War debate over the future of the American military."-Gary Hart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century and former member, Senate Armed Services committee "Timely, much needed book to start the 21st century. Impressive."--Morten Ender, United States Military Academy "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 "It has been said that no great power has reformed its military absent a major military defeat. This book offers a blueprint, a compass, and hope for 21st Century America to avoid this fate. It should become central in a post-Cold War debate over the future of the American military."-Gary Hart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century and former member, Senate Armed Services committee

Acknowledgements Contributors 1: Charles C. Moskos, John Allen Williams, and David R. Segal: Armed Forces After the Cold War 2: Charles C. Moskos: Toward a Postmodern Military: The United States as a Paradigm 3: Christopher Dandeker: United Kingdom: The Overstretched Military 4: Bernard Boene and Michel Louis Martin: France: In the Throes of Epoch-Making Change 5: Bernard Fleckenstein: Germany: Forerunner of a Post-National Military? 6: Jan S. van der Meulen: Netherlands; The Final Professionalization of the Military 7: Henning Sorensen: Denmark: From Obligation to Option 8: Marina Nuciari: Italy: A Military for What? 9: Franklin C. Pinch: Canada: Managing Change with Shrinking Resources 10: Cathy Downes: Australia and New Zealand: Contingent and Concordant Militaries 11: Karl W. Haltiner and Eduard Hirt: Switzerland: Between Tradition and Modernity 12: Reuven Gal and Stuart Cohen: Israel: Still Waiting in the Wings 13: Jakkie Cilliers and Lindy Heinecken: South Africa: Emerging from a Time Warp 14: John Allen Williams: The Postmodern Military Reconsidered

ISBN: 9780195133295
ISBN-10: 0195133293
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.42