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Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

The latest posts on this thread suggest to me that 'warrior'—like ‘assault weapon’ or ‘toxic masculinity’—has become a synonym for ‘something I don’t like.’ ‘Warriors’ are war criminals, misogynists, and rapists; they are infantile, boastful, rash, unthinking, and ultimately dangerous to all we hold dear in democratic society!

This sort of dogmatic alienation is always easier than unpacking and analyzing a concept in its historical context and, in particular, in the context of an apparently eternal human nature.

Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

Greg, Stephen. and Jean:
Thank you for contributing and offering insightful comments on all accounts in what has developed into an interesting and productive (I think), thread.

Steve first, I confess to riffing on just this issue--ethos versus something else-- having written a previous hand grenade on the ethos part two years ago. I would argue (passive voice intentional), that the ethos piece precedes the development of a "warrior cult."
See Here:
https://networks.h-net.org/node/12840/blog/hand-grenade-week/132885/warr...

Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

Greg, Stephen. and Jean:
Thank you for contributing and offering insightful comments on all accounts in what has developed into an interesting and productive (I think), thread.

Steve first, I confess to riffing on just this issue--ethos versus something else-- having written a previous hand grenade on the ethos part two years ago. I would argue (passive voice intentional), that the ethos piece precedes the development of a "warrior cult."
See Here:
https://networks.h-net.org/node/12840/blog/hand-grenade-week/132885/warr...

Re: The Cult of the Warrior - Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

Can one encourage masculinity's positive aspects without having to accept all the negative possibilities of bad attitudes towards women? Of course that's possible and in fact is a reality for plenty of Western men (even if not all). Thus it is possible to have a warrior mindset and virtues without becoming a brutish killer, misogynist, and arrogant jerk in general. How men can be honorable, admirable warriors without the downsides depends on their leadership, training, and of course, personalities.

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H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Luc Duerloo, Malcolm Smuts, eds.
Reviewer: 
Robert Tiegs

Tiegs on Duerloo and Smuts, 'The Age of Rubens: Diplomacy, Dynastic Politics and the Visual Arts in Early Seventeenth-Century Europe'

Luc Duerloo, Malcolm Smuts, eds. The Age of Rubens: Diplomacy, Dynastic Politics and the Visual Arts in Early Seventeenth-Century Europe. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2015. 302 pp. $124.00 (paper), ISBN 978-2-503-54948-4.

Reviewed by Robert Tiegs (Louisiana State University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Mark R. Anderson
Reviewer: 
Jon Ault

Ault on Anderson, 'The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America's War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776'

Mark R. Anderson. The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America's War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776. Lebanon: University Press of New England, 2013. 460 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61168-497-1.

Reviewed by Jon Ault (Independent Scholar) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=40802

Author: 
Joseph F. Stoltz
Reviewer: 
Patrick Blythe

Blythe on Stoltz, 'A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory'

Joseph F. Stoltz. A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017. 192 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4214-2302-9.

Reviewed by Patrick Blythe (Seminole State College of Florida) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Alexander Watson
Reviewer: 
Matthew Lungerhausen

Lungerhausen on Watson, 'Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I'

Alexander Watson. Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. New York: Basic Books, 2014. 832 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-465-01872-7.

Reviewed by Matthew Lungerhausen (Winona State University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=49520

Author: 
David R. Morse
Reviewer: 
Kenny Kolander

Kolander on Morse, 'Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War'

David R. Morse. Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 216 pp. $35.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-9864-2.

Reviewed by Kenny Kolander (West Virginia University) Published on H-War (June, 2018) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=47671