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Military honour and the conduct of war; from ancient Greece to Iraq.


Military honour and the conduct of war; from ancient Greece to Iraq.

Robinson, Paul.



218 pages



Cass military studies


Robinson (security studies, U. of Hull, UK) surveys, from Ancient Greece to the present, the influence of concepts of honor on the causes, conduct, and ending of wars in the Western world in seven case studies on Classical Greece, Ancient Rome, medieval chivalry, Elizabethan England, the American Civil War, the British Empire, and the Cold War and afterward. This last study takes into account the Vietnam War and the war in Iraq. In each chapter, he considers nine elements in terms of honor: virtue, the cause and end of war, as motivation for fighting, rewards, death, conduct, the enemy, and the role of women. The book is aimed at students of military history and ethics, security studies, and international relations.

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