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Understanding Military Doctrine

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Harald Hoiback (Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo)



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12 January 2018
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This book puts military doctrine into a wider perspective, drawing on military history, philosophy, and political science.

Military doctrines are institutional beliefs about what works in war; given the trauma of 9/11 and the ensuing 'War on Terror', serious divergences over what the message of the 'new' military doctrine ought to be were expected around the world. However, such questions are often drowned in ferocious meta-doctrinal disagreements. What is a doctrine, after all?

This book provides a theoretical understanding of such questions. Divided into three parts, the author investigates the historical roots of military doctrine and explores its growth and expansion until the present day, and goes on to analyse the main characteristics of a military doctrine. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the book concludes that doctrine can be utilized in three key ways: as a tool of command, as a tool of change, and as a tool of education.

This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, civil-military relations, strategic studies, and war studies, as well as to students in professional military education.
By:   Harald Hoiback (Norwegian Defence University College Oslo)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138477971
ISBN 10:   1138477974
Series:   Cass Military Studies
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   12 January 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Harald Hoiback is a Lieutenant Colonel and lectures at the Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oslo (2010).

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