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Training, Morale and Modern War

Strachan, Hew

Journal of Contemporary History, April 2006, Vol.41(2), pp.211-227 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Training, Morale and Modern War
  • Autor: Strachan, Hew
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: Journal of Contemporary History, April 2006, Vol.41(2), pp.211-227
  • Descrição: Since 1945, theories of combat motivation have been shaped primarily by the argument that soldiers fight for their comrades. This emphasis on the primary group, advanced particularly by Americans, has been challenged from two directions. First, those who point to the heavy losses sustained in fighting on fronts such as the Russian in the second world war argue that ideology or ‘legitimate demand’ must play a role. Second, evidence from both world wars suggests that disciplinary systems also need to be taken into account. This article seeks to incorporate a fourth explanation, the function of realistic training, a point made by one of the most important post-1945 American books on combat motivation, S.L.A. Marshall’s Men Against Fire, but subsequently overlooked.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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