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Post-military Society: Militarism, Demilitarization and War at the End of the Twentieth Century [Paperback]

Martin Shaw


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19 Dec 1991 0745601995 978-0745601991
The Gulf War appears to have dashed the hopes of many for a more peaceful international order. In this book, however, Martin Shaw argues that, despite the war, militarism is in decisive retreat. Demilitarization, which has already gone a long way in Western societies, is now sweeping the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and may well progress further. Because of this, the social institutions of the Cold War, especially conscription in continental Europe, are being brought into question, and there is a real prospect of ′post–military citizenship′ in the industrial societies of the twenty–first century.

The book includes a full discussion of the main sociological perspectives on militarism and ′armament culture′, together with detailed information on the ′world military order′. There are careful examinations of recent developments in Europe and of Third World wars and militarism, and it concludes with a discussion of the implications of the Gulf War. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, but particularly to those interested in sociology, international relations, political theory, peace studies and military studies.


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Dr. MARTIN SHAW is a mythologist, storyteller and author of " A Branch From The Lightning Tree: Ecstatic Myth and the Grace in Wildness" (white cloud press 2011). Director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the United Kingdom, he is visiting lecturer on Desmond Tutu's leadership programme at Oxford University. Widely regarded as one of the most exciting new teachers of the mythic imagination, he has worked closely alongside Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, Gioia Timpanelli, and Daniel Deardorff. He is currently working on two new books whilst employing a busy schedule of teaching in both the U.S. and U.K. He lives with his family in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England.

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′For all its political, social and military insights, Post–Military Society had to be written; it both deserves and needs to be widely read.′ Times Higher Educational Supplement

′An ambitious book about an important subject... Shaw′s discussion of the various sociological perspective on militarism does represent a distinctive contribution and deserves to be read widely.′ Millennium: Journal of International Studies

′This is a provocative and valuable book on a subject about which the author has been writing for over a decade. It should stimulate lively debate.′ International Affairs

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The Gulf War appears to have dashed the hopes of many for a more peaceful international order. In this book, however, Martin Shaw argues that, despite the war, militarism is in decisive retreat. Demilitarization, which has already gone a long way in Western societies, is now sweeping the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and may well progress further. Because of this, the social institutions of the Cold War, especially conscription in continental Europe, are being brought into question, and there is a real prospect of ′post–military citizenship′ in the industrial societies of the twenty–first century.

The book includes a full discussion of the main sociological perspectives on militarism and ′armament culture′, together with detailed information on the ′world military order′. There are careful examinations of recent developments in Europe and of Third World wars and militarism, and it concludes with a discussion of the implications of the Gulf War. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, but particularly to those interested in sociology, international relations, political theory, peace studies and military studies.


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