American Strategic Culture

Antulio J. Echevarria II

in The Changing Character of War

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596737
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191803543 | DOI:
American Strategic Culture

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This chapter examines the concept of American strategic culture and what is assumed to be its ‘subset and product’ — the American way of war. Scholars have yet to reach a consensus on a set of characteristics that define American strategic culture. One can, nonetheless, find traits repeated in the literature. These include a preference for fighting wars as battles; a fascination with technology, also known as technological romanticism; and casualty aversion. The chapter also considers another trait — the American penchant for theorizing when it comes to military affairs — which has been overlooked by scholars of American strategic culture.

Keywords: war; American warfare; strategic culture; theorizing; military affairs; technological romanticism; casualty aversion

Chapter.  6743 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory ; International Relations

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