The Design of Armies

Part of the Universal- und kulturhistorische Studien. Studies in Universal and Cultural History book series (UUKS)


In Decline of the West, Oswald Spengler predicted that “Th e place of the permanent armies as we know them will gradually be taken by professional forces of volunteer war-keen soldiers, and from millions we shall r evert to hundreds of thousands ” 1 Th e purpose of this short essay is to evaluate that prediction.


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  1. Spengler, Oswald. 1922. Der Untergang des Abendlandes. Umrisse einer Morphologie der Weltgeschichte. Zweiter Band. München.Google Scholar
  2. Spengler, Oswald. 1927. The Decline of the West. New York.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA

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