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

I have devoted some study to the methods the U.S. Marine Corps employed to train its personnel to take their place as America's warrior elite from the late 1930s through the 1960s. I have written approvingly on the results of that training as it impacted on the performance of the Wake Island Detachment, 1st Defense Battalion, and VMF-211 at the start of World War 2 and the subsequent conduct of the survivors of those two units and other Marine outfits while they were POWs in Japanese custody.

A revisionist look at those who died at Jutland

The National Archives of the UK recently published a "classroom resource" for students on the Battle of Jutland, May 31 1916. 

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/jutland-death-sea/#

It is a remarkbly revisionist take on this battle, concentrating on the waste of the lives of the thousands of British sailors lost ...

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

Entering late to this discussion, but enjoying all the exchanges!
I agree with all the comments on the potential drawbacks and dangers of a "warrior cult."
That strikes me as something from a primitive tribal past even while realizing that we still are largely tribal (sectional, regional) to this day.
The discussion on 'warrior ethos' deserves further thought and exploration.
I would prefer to be thought of as a "professional" (small 'p' John :-)

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

The comment about tribes, cults, and baronies really struck me. The best known military "tribe" there is, is the United States Marine Corps. (Full disclosure- I am a proud member.) This is why there's such a huge business in Marine paraphenalia, why the museum in DC is always full of visitors, why the Marine Corps League exists, why Marines always greet each other when they see someone who has any sort of emblem on themselves, their vehicle, or anything else. It is an identity, and also a dedication to the ideals of the Corps (regardless of how often they get violated).

Call for papers - The Future of Holocaust Testimonies V, 11-13 March 2019, Akko, Israel

The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California, and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies, Appalachian State University, announce the fifth international interdisciplinary conference and workshop on The Future of

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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