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How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender

Edited by Holger Afflerbach and Hew Strachan

in How Fighting Ends

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693627
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741258 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693627.003.0001
How Fighting Ends: A History of Surrender

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This chapter introduces the topics covered in this book. This volume deals with the history of surrender. It seeks answers to the question of ‘how fighting ends’. The chapter describes how the book title came about and compares the phrase ‘how fighting ends’ with the term ‘surrender’ and explains why the former is important. The task of this book, this chapter states, is to analyse the reasons behind decisions to stop fighting and to consider them at different levels of authority: those of individual soldiers, of armies, and of entire societies.

Keywords: history of warfare; surrender; culture of war; military code of honour; history of surrender; fighting; authority; soldiers; armies; societies

Chapter.  2195 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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