Frontline: Combat and Cohesion in the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | August 30, 2015

EditorAnthony King

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Since 2001, Western forces have been involved in a series of major military campaigns, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in Africa. For all the sophistication of the contemporary Western way of war with its digital technologies and precision weapons, infantry soldier have beenfrequently involved in close combat of an intensity which is comparable to the wars of the twentieth century. At the small unit level, combat has been as brutal as ever. Yet, in many cases, they have prevailed even when they were surprised or disadvantaged. How and why have professional Westernsoldiers been willing and able to fight effectively together during these campaigns? Through a series of rich historical and ethnographic case-studies, this collection seeks to analyse the experience of combat soldiers on operations in the last decade. The book explores the motivation, training, and culture of the professional Western soldier, highlighting differences andcommonalities between the troops of different nations. This book is a project of the Changing Character of War programme at the University of Oxford.

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Since 2001, Western forces have been involved in a series of major military campaigns, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in Africa. For all the sophistication of the contemporary Western way of war with its digital technologies and precision weapons, infantry soldier have beenfrequently involved in close combat of an intensity...

Anthony King is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Exeter. He has written on sport, social theory, and the armed forces including his most recent books The Transformation of Europe's Armed Forces (Cambridge University Press 2011) and The Combat Soldier (Oxford University Press 2013). He is currently working on a book on di...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.11 inPublished:August 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Concepts1. Anthony King: On Cohesion2. Tarak Barkawi: Subaltern Soldiers: Essentialism, Eurocentricism and the Nation-State in the Combat Motivation Debates3. Rob Johnson: On Killing: historiography and conceptual issues: contexts and concepts from the First World War to the presentPart II: Current Debates4. Eyal Ben Ari: From a Sociology of Units to a Sociology of Combat Formations: Militaries in Urban Combat5. Anthony King: Discipline and Punish: EncouragingCombat Performance in the Citizen and Professional ArmyPart III: Historical Experience6. Antulio Echevarria: Combat and Cohesion in the First World War7. Jonathan Fennell: Re-evaluating Combat Cohesion: The British Second Army in the North-west Europe Campaign of the Second World WarPart IV: Case Studies8. Garth Pratten: New Model Diggers? Australian Identity, Motivation, and Cohesion in Afghanistan9. Patrick Bury and Anthony King: A Profession of Love: Cohesion in a British Infantry Platoon in Afghanistan10. Mikaela Sundberg: Hierarchy, Status, and Combat Motivation in the French Foreign Legion11. Pascal Vennesson: Cohesion and Misconduct: The French Army and the Mahe Affair12. Chiara Ruffa: Cohesion, Political Motivation, and Military Performance in the Italian AlpiniPart V: The Home Front13. Leonard Wong and Steven Gerras: Of FOBS and Families14. Christopher Dandeker and Simon Wessely: Beyond a Battlefield15. Anthony King: The Future of Cohesion