Teaching War

Ton De Munnik

in The Oxford Handbook of War

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199562930
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Teaching War

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This article examines the different approaches to education within the context of military organizations. It is focused on the military conduct of war by its performers, particularly the officer corps. The instruction and training of armed forces is not addressed, although this is an essential part of the fighting power. The article focuses on education as the intellectual, moral, and social instruction to a student as a formal and prolonged process and is limited to the conceptual component of the overarching term ‘fighting power’ as described in NATO and British doctrine. The article provides a conceptual approach to the study of war that is applicable to the education of officers and officer-cadets or midshipmen. It clarifies the choices to be made in the development process of a curriculum.

Keywords: military organization; military teaching; conduct of war; armed forces training; moral instruction; war curriculum

Article.  6996 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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