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Military morality transformed: weapons and soldiers on the nineteenth-century battlefield.
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PMID:  21584989     Owner:  HMD     Status:  In-Process    
The increased lethality of nineteenth-century “arms of precision” caused military formations to disperse in combat, transforming the ordinary soldier from a near automaton, drilled to deliver random fire under close supervision, into a moral agent who exercised a degree of choice about where, when, and how to fire his weapon. The emerging autonomy of the soldier became a central theme in contemporary tactical debates, which struggled to reconcile the desire for discipline with the individual initiative necessary on the battlefield. This tactical conundrum offers revealing insights about human aggression and mass violence. Its dark legacy was the propagation of military values into civilian society, thus paving the way for the political soldiers of the twentieth century.
Gervase Phillips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of interdisciplinary history     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0022-1953     ISO Abbreviation:  J Interdiscip Hist     Publication Date:  2011  
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Created Date:  2011-02-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968789     Medline TA:  J Interdiscip Hist     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  565-90     Citation Subset:  Q    
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