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xxxvi, 377 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young. Upon its first publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure to be relevant and important for decades to come.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780316040938 20160607
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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xv, 822 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • PART ONE: WARFARE IN THE FIRST TWO MILLION YEARS: ENVIRONMENT, GENES, AND CULTURE-- 1. The Human 'State of Nature'-- 2. Peaceful or Warlike: Did Hunter-Gatherers Fight?-- 3. Why Fighting? The Evolutionary Perspective-- 4. Motivation: Food and Sex-- 5. Motivation: the Web of Desire-- 6. 'Primitive Warfare': How Was It Done?-- 7. Conclusion: Fighting in the Evolutionary State of Nature-- PART TWO: AGRICULTURE, CIVILIZATION, AND WAR-- 8. Introduction: Evolving Cultural Complexity-- 9. Tribal Warfare in Agraria and Pastoralia-- 10. Armed Force in the Formation of the State-- 11. The Eurasian Spearhead: East, West, and Steppe-- 12. Conclusion: War, the Leviathan, and the Pleasures and Miseries of Civilization-- PART THREE: MODERNITY: THE DUAL FACE OF JANUS-- 13. Introduction: the Explosion of Wealth and Power-- 14. Guns and Markets: the New European States and a Global World-- 15. Unbound and Bound Prometheus: Machine-Age War-- 16. Affluent Liberal Democracies, Ultimate Weapons, and the World-- 17. Conclusion: Unravelling the Riddle of War.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199262137 20160528
Why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization? And what of war today - is it a declining phenomenon or simply changing its shape? In this truly global study of war and civilization, Azar Gat sets out to find definitive answers to these questions in an attempt to unravel the 'riddle of war' throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right through to the unconventional terrorism of the twenty-first century. In the process, the book generates an astonishing wealth of original and fascinating insights on all major aspects of humankind's remarkable journey through the ages, engaging a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology and evolutionary psychology to sociology and political science. Written with remarkable verve and clarity and wholly free from jargon, it will be of interest to anyone who has ever pondered the puzzle of war.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199262137 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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523 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • 1. A puzzle: the cross-cultural consistency of gender roles in war-- 2. Women warriors: the historical record of female combatants-- 3. Bodies: the biology of individual gender-- 4. Groups: bonding, hierarchy, and social identity-- 5. Heroes: the making of militarised masculinity-- 6. Conquests: sex, rape, and exploitation in wartime-- 7. Reflections: the mutuality of gender and war.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521807166 20160528
Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war. Yet contentious debates, and the scattering of scholarship across academic disciplines, have obscured understanding of how gender affects war and vice versa. In this authoritative and lively review of our state of knowledge, Joshua Goldstein assesses the possible explanations for the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. Topics covered include the history of women who did fight and fought well, the complex role of testosterone in men's social behaviours, and the construction of masculinity and femininity in the shadow of war. Goldstein concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often shape men, women, and children to the needs of the war system. lllustrated with photographs, drawings, and graphics, and drawing from scholarship spanning six academic disciplines, this book provides a unique study of a fascinating issue.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521807166 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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xxiii, 487 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
A War of Nerves is a history of military psychiatry in the twentieth century - an authoritative, accessible account drawing on a vast range of diaries, interviews, medical papers, and official records, from doctors as well as from ordinary soldiers. It reaches back to the moment when the technologies of modern warfare and the disciplines of psychological medicine first confronted each other on the Western Front, and traces their uneasy relationship through the eras of shell shock, combat fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674011199 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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xxxiv, 361 p. ; 21 cm.
  • The Moral Reality of War-- Against Realism-- The Crime of War-- The Rules of War-- The Theory of Aggression-- Law and Order in International Society-- Anticipations-- Interventions-- Wars Ends, and the Importance of Winning-- The War Convention-- Wars Means, and the Importance of Fighting Well-- Noncombatant Immunity and Military Necessity-- War Against Civilians: Sieges and Blockades-- Guerrilla War-- Terrorism-- Reprisals-- Dilemmas of War-- Winning and Fighting Well-- Aggression and Neutrality-- Supreme Emergency-- Nuclear Deterrence-- The Question of Responsibility-- The Crime of Aggression: Political Leaders and Citizens-- War Crimes: Soldiers and Their Officers-- Afterword: Nonviolence and the Theory of War.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465037018 20160528
This classic work examines the issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war from the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai massacre. . A classic treatment of the morality of war written by one of our countrys leading philosophers, with a new introduction considering the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. Just and Unjust Wars examines a variety of conflicts in order to understand exactly why, according to Walzer, the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity. Walzers classic work draws on historical illustrations that range all the way from the Athenian attack on Melos to this mornings headlines, and uses the testimony of participantsdecision makers and victims aliketo examine the moral issues of warfare.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465037018 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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x, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
Although acknowledged as a highly professional military organization, the Wehrmacht has been traditionally exonerated of the crimes attributed to the SS during World War II. However, in this study the author shows how the relentless Nazi propaganda machine produced conscripts for Hitler's army who were fully convinced of his horrific views on "inferior peoples", and that it was these ideas, and not the exigencies of war, that motivated their atrocities. Concentrating on the organized and spontaneous crimes committed against Communist officials and Jews in the Soviet Union, this reappraisal challenges many military theories long thought to be truths.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195068795 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01

7. War without mercy [1986]

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xii, 398 p.
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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xv, 589 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01
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x, 363 p. illus. 24cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-204G-01, HISTORY-304G-01