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The Ultimate Experience

Battlefield Revelations and the Making of Modern War Culture, 1450-2000

By Yuval Noah Harari

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Format: Hardcover, 386 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2008
For millennia, war was viewed as a supreme test. In the period 1750-1850 war became much more than a test: it became a secular revelation. This new understanding of war as revelation completely transformed Western war culture, revolutionizing politics, the personal experience of war, the status of common soldiers, and the tenets of military theory.

Table of Contents

Preface PART I: INTRODUCTION - WAR AS REVELATION, 1865-2000 PART II: 1450-1740 - THE SUPREMACY OF MIND Suffering, Death and Revelation in Early Modern Culture The Absence of Revelation from Early Modern Military Memoirs Why War Revealed Nothing PART III: 1740-1865 - THE REVOLT OF THE BODY Bodies Begin to Think The Rise of the Common Soldier The Rise of the Revelatory Interpretation of War Conclusions: The Things Which Make You Know, 1865-2000 Works Cited

About the Author

YUVAL NOAH HARARI is a military historian specializing in the study of war experience and war culture. He lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


'Like a good detective story, Harari presents us with facts and clues which seem to lead towards one conclusion, only to puncture our certainties. This is a book of exraordinary wit, erudition, and range.' - Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London

EAN: 9780230536920
ISBN: 0230536921
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 21.74 x 15.09 x 2.67 centimeters (0.61 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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