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The Combat SoldierInfantry Tactics and Cohesion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658848.001.0001

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Combat Motivation

Combat Motivation

(p.62) 4 Combat Motivation
The Combat Soldier

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

In order to overcome the problem of battlefield inertia, citizen armies typically appealed to the shared social identities of their troops to encourage performance in combat. Accordingly, masculinity was recurrently used to motivate soldiers and to remind them of their obligations to each other. At the same time, appeals to patriotism and nationalism were extremely important. It is an unpalatable truth but in the citizen army, these appeals to nationalism were often informed by racism so that western soldiers united more or less explicitly around a concept of whiteness.

Keywords:   masculinity, patriotism, nationalism, racism

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