In Military Times

Article of note in Military Times:

Soldiers and Civilization: How the Profession of Arms Thought and Fought the Modern World into Existence by Reed Robert Bonadonna, Naval Institute, 352 pages, $35.

Thank you for your civilizing.
That’s the message from a Virginia Military Institute graduate (sic VMI 77), Marine Corps veteran and former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy professor who says the military contributes, naturally, to defense and to “state formation and support, and innovation.”
His approach is replete with “I will argue” language intended for other historians, but his premise has general appeal. For example: A knight was “not an empty-headed horseman skilled only in individual combat” — he had brains plus brawn. A thousand years ago when “life was better” than ever before in Europe, “political unification had been achieved at the point of the sword.”
The pen is powerful, he warns, and if the military “does not perceive for itself a non-militaristic role in society, history teaches that it can destroy itself.”

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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One Response to In Military Times

  1. vmijpp says:

    F YEAH! My fellow Marine Corps Historian. 🙂

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