Demise of the Military Hero: How Emancipation, Education and Medication Changed Society's Attitude to Conflict

TitleDemise of the Military Hero: How Emancipation, Education and Medication Changed Society's Attitude to Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCowell, Stephen
Number of Pages174
PublisherMatador
CityKibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire, UK
Abstract

Historically, military leaders were heralded as heroic figures, with generals including Wellington, Nelson and Kitchener venerated by the general public. Today, commanders are no longer celebrated. Stephen Cowell explores how British society's view of military conflicts has changed over the course of history, and asks challenging questions as to the future of armed conflict. Compared to historical wars, the number of deaths and casualties in recent conflicts is far fewer, and yet society is affected by these events to a far greater extent. The Iraq and Afghanistan invasions lasted longer than either of the two World Wars, and yet very few people would be able to name the military commanders in charge of these campaigns. Stephen explores why war is no longer viewed as glorious and heroic, but rather as reprehensible mass destruction. (Publisher)

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