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Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars and Subjects at the Margins of Empire

Montgomery McFate


In almost every military intervention in its history, the US has made cultural mistakes that hindered attainment of its policy goals. From the strategic bombing of Vietnam to the accidental burning of the Koran in Afghanistan, it has blundered around with little consideration of local cultural beliefs and for the long-term effects on the host nation's society. Cultural anthropology -- the so-called "handmaiden of colonialism" -- has historically served as an intellectual bridge between Western powers and local nationals. What light can it shed on the intersection of the US military and foreign ... More

Keywords: Anthropology, Military, War, Culture, Political intervention, Unintended consequences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190680176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190680176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Montgomery McFate, author
US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island