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Author Harari, Yuval Noah.

Title The ultimate experience [electronic resource] ; Battlefield revelations and the making of modern war culture, 1450-2000 / Yuval Noah Harari.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.


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Physical description 408 p. : 26 b&w, ill.
Notes Ebook.
Originally published in: 2008.
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.
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Summary 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. The experience of war is often viewed today as an experience of revelation. War disillusions or enlightens people, transforms their personality, and changes their understanding of the world. Ten minutes of combat are often enough to teach people what decades of peacetime cannot. Those who did not undergo the extreme experiences of war can never understand its lessons. This view of war may seem ancient and universal. Yet, it emerged in the West only between 1740 and 1865, due to the Enlightenment and Romanticism and their novel ideas about knowledge, experience, and the relations between body and mind. The emergence of this view was one of the key components in an unprecedented military revolution. The new perception of war as revelation transformed not only the experience and culture of war, but also war politics, the status of the common soldiers, and the tenets of military theory.
'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.
System notes Adobe Ebook Reader.
History notes 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.
Subject General & world history.
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700.
Social & cultural history.
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900.
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