Postmodern or conservative? competing security communities over military doctrine: Israeli national-religious soldiers as counter [strategic] culture agents

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Abstract

In this article, I refer to "strategic culture " as a conceptual locus and describe the implications of the increasing number of religious-Zionist youth recruited into the Israeli military. Against the background of a postmodern versus traditional army, largue that the motivating force for the nostalgic return to the martial values of Israel's early wars is rooted in a conservative backlash against liberal and "humane " considerations, rather than in religious ideology. The war against terror requires the same attitudes that more traditional battlefield confrontations do.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-57
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Political and Military Sociology
Volume40
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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