Chapter

Introduction

Sanders Marble

in Scraping the Barrel

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239771
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239771.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction establishes a framework for the book. For armies, physical standards are practical requirements for military service that are absent for civilians. But disability is a construct rather than an absolute, and standards are lowered when more manpower is needed. Standards (and substandard) can be set in terms of physical capability, age limits, political reliability, sex, or racial/national minorities. Disability history has looked at veterans but not soldiers still in service; military history has a bias towards elite units rather than mediocre or poor units.

Keywords: Military history; Disability history; American Civil War; World War I; World War II; Vietnam War; Military elites

Chapter.  1595 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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