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Michael Howard and the Evolution of Modern War Studies

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869 - 904
Number of pages36
JournalJOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
PublishedJul 2009

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Abstract

Sir Michael Howard has made an enormous contribution to writing about war since 1950. This essay offers a considered assessment of his work and devotes due attention to the context in which he wrote and the influences that shaped his outlook. Three essential themes have permeated his work: the German problem (and thus the British problem that complicated its resolution), the Soviet problem, and the relationship between war and society. The essay charts his efforts to impart a framework to the study of war and the degree to which it has been shaped by societal, but especially organizational and moral forces. The essay offers a slice of British historiography and intellectual life in the postwar years.

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