Frontline: Combat and Cohesion in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)

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By Anthony King (Editor)
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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 been
frequently 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 Western
soldiers 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 and
commonalities between the troops of different nations.

This book is a project of the Changing Character of War programme at the University of Oxford.

About the Author

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). Heis currently working on a book on divisional headquarters. He has acted as a mentor and adviser to the armed forces for a number of years including membership of NATO's ISAF RC (South) Prism Cell in 2009-10 in Kandahar.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198719663
ISBN-10: 0198719663
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English