The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present by Shannon E. FrenchThe Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present by Shannon E. French

The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present

byShannon E. FrenchForeword byJohn Mccain

Paperback | December 21, 2004

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Warrior cultures throughout history have developed unique codes that restrict their behavior and set them apart from the rest of society. But what possible reason could a warrior have for accepting such restraints? Why should those whose profession can force them into hellish kill-or-be-killed conditions care about such lofty concepts as honor, courage, nobility, duty, and sacrifice? And why should it matter so much to the warriors themselves that they be something more than mere murderers? The Code of the Warrior tackles these timely issues and takes the reader on a tour of warrior cultures and their values, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the 'barbaric' Vikings and Celts, from legendary chivalric knights to Native American tribesmen, from Chinese warrior monks pursuing enlightenment to Japanese samurai practicing death. Drawing these rich traditions up to the present, the author quests for a code for the warriors of today, as they do battle in asymmetric conflicts against unconventional forces and the scourge of global terrorism.
Shannon E. French is associate professor of philosophy at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where she teaches courses in the ethics curriculum for the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law.
Title:The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.23 × 6.12 × 0.65 inPublished:December 21, 2004Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0847697576

ISBN - 13:9780847697571

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Why Warriors Need a Code Chapter 3 The Homeric Hero: A Hector Who Wins? Chapter 4 The Two Faces of Rome: Stoicism and Hedonism Chapter 5 "Never to Do Outrageousity nor Murder": The World of Malory's Morte Darthur Chapter 5 Vikings: Vengeance, Valkyries, and Valhalla Chapter 7 Native Americans: Warriors of the Sacred Plains Chapter 8 Chinese Warrior Monks: The Martial Artists of Shaolin Chapter 9 The Soul of the Samurai: Duty, Devotion, and Death Chapter 10 The Warrior's Code Today: Are Terrorists Warriors?

Editorial Reviews

This is a rich survey of military values in diverse cultures, from ancient Greek and Roman to medieval Scandinavian, from Native American to Chinese and Japanese. The book also has the virtue of treating each of its disparate traditions in depth and with care. The Code of the Warrior is an impressively researched and eloquent work, well worth careful study by military professionals and others interested in martial values. It permits us to achieve insights regarding the similarities and differences between our contemporary American military code and those of more distant times and places, thus imparting authentic humanistic wisdom.