Defining Military Culture

TitleDefining Military Culture
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWilson, Peter H.
JournalJournal of Military History
Date Published01/2008

This article outlines a conceptual framework to analyze the norms and values influencing the behavior of soldiers in the past. It argues that military culture is a specific form of institutional culture and that viewing armies from this perspective offers new insight into how they functioned and the nature of their interaction with state and society. It also addresses definitions of militarism, arguing that these generally blur distinctions between cultural and material factors. By disassociating military culture from particular forms of rule or modes of production, it can be studied in societies where it has been forgotten or hidden in the historical memory. [Author]

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