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Martin Shaw

Post-Military Society

Militarism, Demilitarization and War at the End of the Twentieth Century

Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991. Out of print: to be partially republished on this site in 2001 

A small number of paperback copies are available from Sussex University Bookshop at 6, or by mail order from me

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements

1 Militarism and Militarization

  • disciplinary approaches
  • definitions
  • war and industrial society
  • total war and classical militarism
  • theory and the end of the Cold War

2 Contexts of Military Power

  • the state system
  • international relations and world economy
  • the 'world military order'
  • politics of military power
  • military power as a means of war

3 Post-Military Society

  • variants of the 'militarization' thesis
  • sociological alternatives
  • conscription in Europe
  • limits of Third World militarism

4 Militarism in a Post-Military Society

  • comparative issues in Western societies
  • militarism and national myths
  • nostalgia militarism and media wars
  • the military in a post-military society
  • post-militarism in Europe

5 Post-Military Citizenship

  • demilitarization in Europe
  • conscription and citizenship
  • the nation-state and post-military society
  • a new world order?
  • the two faces of post-military society

6 Postscript: The Gulf War and Post-Military Society

  • violence and post-military society
  • post-military societies at war
  • war and militarism after the Gulf

Index

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