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Heroism and the Changing Character of War

Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?

  • Sibylle Scheipers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?

    1. Sibylle Scheipers
      Pages 1-18
  3. Heroism and Self-Sacrifice What For?

  4. Casualty Aversion

  5. Combat Motivation

About this book


Post-heroism is often perceived as one of the main aspects of change in the character of war, a phenomenon prevalent in western societies. According to this view, demographic and cultural changes in the west have severely decreased the tolerance for casualties in war. This edited volume provides a critical examination of this idea.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sibylle Scheipers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

About the editors

Deborah Avant, University of Denver, USA Peter Barham, Oxford University, UK Joan Beaumont, Australian National University Susan Carruthers, Rutgers University, USA Andrea Dew, US Naval War College Antulio J. Echevarria, US Army War College Peter D. Feaver, Duke University, USA Bernd Greiner, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Germany Andreas Herberg-Rothe, University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, Germany Thomas Hippler, Oxford University, USA John Hutchinson, London School of Economics, UK Rob Johnson, Oxford University, UK Anthony King, Exeter University, UK Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon, USA Peter Schrijvers, University of New South Wales, Australia Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University, USA Rashmi Singh, University of St Andrews, UK Adam Smith, University College London, UK Sir Hew Strachan, All Souls College, Oxford, UK Ingo Trauschweizer, Ohio University, USA Sir Simon Wessely, King's College London, UK

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