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The Culture of War (2008)

by Martin L. van Creveld

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Oorlogscultuur is zo'n boek waar je veel van verwacht, omdat de auteur een expert is op zijn of haar gebied. Want dat is Martin van Creveld. In vijf hoofdstukken gaat hij uitgebreid in op wat oorlogscultuur eigenlijk is, wat het inhoudt en welke uitingsvormen het kent. Geschiedenis en huidige uitingen van krijgshaftig gedrag lopen naadloos in elkaar over per thema. In soms zeer uitegebreide en gedetaileerde beschrijvingen, tot aan verschillende soorten knopen op uniformen aan toe, doorloop je het boek. Dat is ook meteen een van de grote nadelen; haar detaillering. Hierdoor raak je nog wel eens het spoor bijster. Een ander nadeel, dat zelfs op een gegeven moment gaat irriteren, is dat de schrijver overduidelijk zijn politieke mening over oa. feminisme en pacifisme uit. Uiteindelijk worden die gefileerd in de laatste hoofdstukken. Het ontgaat de lezer volledig waartoe dat dient en welke rol dat speeelt in OorlogsCultuur. De auteur lijkt te willen uitdrukken dat wat er in de geschiedenis is geweest nu eenmaal zo is en dat dat het recept is voor de toekomst en alle gedachten die daarme in strijd zijn, ongeldig zijn.

Martin van Creveld is een groot schrijver over conflicten en oorlog. Als je dit boek vergelijkt met zijn ander werk en het zelfde bijna visionaire gehalte van zijn expertise verwacht, kom je bedrogen uit. ( )
  WiJiWiJi | Jul 8, 2014 |
Een paar jaar geleden brak in militaire kringen een relletje uit over de kleur van de nieuwe baret voor de Koninklijke Landmacht. Die zou groen worden, maar dat was tegen het zere been van het Korps Commandotroepen. De groene baret was hun onderscheidingsteken en het kon niet dat zomaar iedere soldaat die op zou mogen zetten. Na een jaar kregen de commando’s hun zin. Lees verder.... ( )
  boekenstrijd | Feb 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345505409, Hardcover)

A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world’s shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War. Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much more to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason.

War has always been a topic of deep intrigue. Fighting itself can be a source of great, perhaps even the greatest, joy; out of this joy and fascination an entire culture has grown–from the war paint of tribal warriors to today’s “tiger suits,” from Julius Caesar’s red cloak to Douglas McArthur’s pipe, from the decorative shields of ancient Greece to today’s nose art, and from the invention of chess around 600 A.D. to the most modern combat simulators. The culture of war has its own traditions, laws and customs, rituals, ceremonies, music, art, literature, and monuments since the beginning of civilization.

Throughout the ages, the culture of war has usually been highly esteemed. Not so in today’s advanced countries, which tend either to mock it (“military intelligence is to intelligence what military music is to music”) or to denounce it as “militaristic.” This provocative book, the first of its kind, sets out to show how wrongheaded, and even dangerous, such attitudes are. The Culture of War argues that men and women, contrary to the hopes of some, are just as fascinated by war today as they have been in the past. A military that
has lost touch with the culture of war is doomed not merely to defeat but to disintegration.

Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, this is a major work by one of the world’s greatest and most insightful military historians.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:59 -0400)

"A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world's shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War. Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much more to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason." "Through the ages, the culture of war has usually been highly esteemed. Not so in today's advanced countries, which tend either to mock it ("Military intelligence is to intelligence what military music is to music") or to denounce it as "militaristic." This provocative book, the first of its kind, sets out to show how wrongheaded, and even dangerous, such attitudes are. The Culture of War argues that men and women today, contrary to the hopes of some, are just as fascinated by war as they have been in the past. A military that has lost touch with the culture of war is doomed not merely to defeat but to disintegration." "Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, The Culture of War is a major work by one of the world's greatest and most insightful military historians."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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