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The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities

Douglas Kriner and Francis Shen


Many have long suspected that when America takes up arms it is a rich man's war, but a poor man's fight. Despite these concerns about social inequality in military sacrifice, the hard data to validate such claims has been kept out of public view. The Casualty Gap renews the debate over unequal sacrifice by bringing to light new evidence on the inequality dimensions of American wartime casualties. It demonstrates unequivocally that since the conclusion of World War II, communities at the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder have borne a disproportionate share of the human costs of war. Moreove ... More

Keywords: social inequality, civic engagement, American wartime casualties, World War II, wartime deaths, political leaders, community casualty rates, Korea, Vietnam, American democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Kriner, author
Boston University
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Francis Shen, author
McArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project
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