The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces After the Cold War

Paperback | December 15, 1999

EditorCharles C. Moskos, John Allen Williams, David R. Segal

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The end of the Cold War has brought about momentous changes within the armed forces in Western societies. The Postmodern Military examines these changes by presenting a general theoretical model of national military transformation--what the editors define as the "postmodern" military. Themodern military that emerged in the nineteenth century was associated with the rise of the nation-state. It was a conscripted mass army, war-oriented in mission, masculine in makeup and ethos, and sharply differentiated in structure and culture from civilian society. The postmodern military, bycontrast, loosens the ties with the nation-state, becomes multipurpose in mission, and moves toward a smaller volunteer force. It is increasingly androgynous in makeup and ethos and has greater permeability with civilian society. This book examines contemporary civil-military trends by looking atthe militaries of the United States and twelve other Western democracies. An international team of leading military sociologists assesses the postmodern thesis in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,and the United States. The Postmodern Military provides students and defense professionals with a foundation on which to base organizational and personnel policies. It also gives the general reader an opportunity to learn what life is really like in today's military and how it is both the same anddifferent around the world.

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The end of the Cold War has brought about momentous changes within the armed forces in Western societies. The Postmodern Military examines these changes by presenting a general theoretical model of national military transformation--what the editors define as the "postmodern" military. Themodern military that emerged in the nineteenth c...

Charles C. Moskos is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. John Allen Williams is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. David R. Segal is Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization and Professor in the Department of Sociology and the...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.79 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsContributors1. Charles C. Moskos, John Allen Williams, and David R. Segal: Armed Forces After the Cold War2. Charles C. Moskos: Toward a Postmodern Military: The United States as a Paradigm3. Christopher Dandeker: United Kingdom: The Overstretched Military4. Bernard Boene and Michel Louis Martin: France: In the Throes of Epoch-Making Change5. Bernard Fleckenstein: Germany: Forerunner of a Post-National Military?6. Jan S. van der Meulen: Netherlands; The Final Professionalization of the Military7. Henning Sorensen: Denmark: From Obligation to Option8. Marina Nuciari: Italy: A Military for What?9. Franklin C. Pinch: Canada: Managing Change with Shrinking Resources10. Cathy Downes: Australia and New Zealand: Contingent and Concordant Militaries11. Karl W. Haltiner and Eduard Hirt: Switzerland: Between Tradition and Modernity12. Reuven Gal and Stuart Cohen: Israel: Still Waiting in the Wings13. Jakkie Cilliers and Lindy Heinecken: South Africa: Emerging from a Time Warp14. John Allen Williams: The Postmodern Military Reconsidered

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"It has been said that no great power has reformed its military absent a major military defeat. This book offers a blueprint, a compass, and hope for 21st Century America to avoid this fate. It should become central in a post-Cold War debate over the future of the American military."-GaryHart, Co-chair, U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century and former member, Senate Armed Services committee