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How Fighting EndsA History of Surrender$
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Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.001.0001

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How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender

How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender

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(p.1) How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender
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How Fighting Ends
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Holger Afflerbach, Hew Strachan
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0001

This chapter introduces the topics covered in this book. This volume deals with the history of surrender. It seeks answers to the question of ‘how fighting ends’. The chapter describes how the book title came about and compares the phrase ‘how fighting ends’ with the term ‘surrender’ and explains why the former is important. The task of this book, this chapter states, is to analyse the reasons behind decisions to stop fighting and to consider them at different levels of authority: those of individual soldiers, of armies, and of entire societies.

Keywords:   history of warfare, surrender, culture of war, military code of honour, history of surrender, fighting, authority, soldiers, armies, societies

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