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War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (review)

War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (review) korean studies, vol. 26, no. 2 War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War, edited by David R. McCann and Barry S. Strauss. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2001. 414 pp., index. $77.95 cloth, $29.95 paper. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army and Navy War Colleges went back to the classic texts, seeking insights to the phenomenon of war and the role of the military in society. The Army War College focused on Carl von Clausewitz's Vom Krieg (On War) as the essential philosophical examination of land power in the service of the state. At the Naval War College, Admiral Stansfield Turner reintroduced intensive study of Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War. Turner not only saw Thucydides as one of the great writers on war, statecraft, and maritime strategy, but believed his work had specific relevance to the circumstances of the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Thirty years later, both institutions still use these works in their curricula, and their students continue to find relevance to whatever situation faces the United States and its military forces. It is not surprising, therefore, that in 1995, a group of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Korean Studies University of Hawai'I Press

War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (review)

Korean Studies , Volume 26 (2) – Dec 3, 2002

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korean studies, vol. 26, no. 2 War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War, edited by David R. McCann and Barry S. Strauss. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2001. 414 pp., index. $77.95 cloth, $29.95 paper. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army and Navy War Colleges went back to the classic texts, seeking insights to the phenomenon of war and the role of the military in society. The Army War College focused on Carl von Clausewitz's Vom Krieg (On War) as the essential philosophical examination of land power in the service of the state. At the Naval War College, Admiral Stansfield Turner reintroduced intensive study of Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War. Turner not only saw Thucydides as one of the great writers on war, statecraft, and maritime strategy, but believed his work had specific relevance to the circumstances of the Cold War and the Vietnam War. Thirty years later, both institutions still use these works in their curricula, and their students continue to find relevance to whatever situation faces the United States and its military forces. It is not surprising, therefore, that in 1995, a group of

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Published: Dec 3, 2002

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