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Frontline: Combat and Cohesion in Twenty-First Century

Anthony King


In the last ten decades, Western ground troops have been involved in intense close-quarters fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan of a scale not seen since the Vietnam and Korean wars.?As a consequence, a unique, if disturbing, archive of data has emerged concerning the behaviour of soldiers on operations, in combat, or preparing for combat. This volume draws together historians, social, and political scientists in order to analyse how professional Western forces have sought to generate unit cohesion and how they have performed on operations and in combat. The volume considers contemporary examples ... More

Keywords: combat, cohesion, Iraq, Afghanistan, First World War, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony King, editor
Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter

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Part I Concepts

1 On Cohesion

Anthony King

2 Subaltern Soldiers

Tarak Barkawi

Part II Current Debates

Part III Historical Experience

Part IV Case Studies

8 New Model Diggers

Garth Pratten

9 A Profession of Love

Patrick Bury and Anthony King

11 Cohesion and Misconduct

Pascal Vennesson

Part V The Home Front

13 Of FOBs and Families

Leonard Wong and Stephen Gerras

14 Beyond the Battlefield

Christopher Dandeker and Simon Wessely

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