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The Changing Character of War$
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Hew Strachan and Sibylle Scheipers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199596737.001.0001

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American Strategic Culture

American Strategic Culture

Problems and Prospects

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(p.431) 23 American Strategic Culture
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The Changing Character of War
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Antulio J. Echevarria II

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199596737.003.0024

This chapter examines the concept of American strategic culture and what is assumed to be its ‘subset and product’ — the American way of war. Scholars have yet to reach a consensus on a set of characteristics that define American strategic culture. One can, nonetheless, find traits repeated in the literature. These include a preference for fighting wars as battles; a fascination with technology, also known as technological romanticism; and casualty aversion. The chapter also considers another trait — the American penchant for theorizing when it comes to military affairs — which has been overlooked by scholars of American strategic culture.

Keywords:   war, American warfare, strategic culture, theorizing, military affairs, technological romanticism, casualty aversion

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