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Palgrave Macmillan

War Narratives and the American National Will in War

ISBN 9781137426208
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The understanding of the national will in war needs to move beyond untested maxims that the nation is averse to conflicts which are not costless and quick. To better understand the true American will, one must ask the following: What variables shape the durability of American policy of war once initiated, and what makes the American political will vulnerable? Central to understanding national will in war is the role played by the war narrative - the rhetorical legitimation of the war policy. Using thorough case studies examining the construction of, and the elite debate on, the war narratives of the Vietnam War, US involvement in Somalia, and Iraq War, Kubiak generates valuable insights into the dynamics of the national will. Constructing both the desirability and feasibility of war policy, the war narrative plays an important role in determining the strength of the national will in conflict.

Dr. Jeffrey Kubiak teaches international relations theory and strategy at the Army School of Advanced Military Studies, USA. He has taught similar subjects at the Naval War College and School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. Dr. Kubiak served more than 26 years on active duty as an Air Force officer.

1. What is the National Will?
2. War Policy Stability and Change- The War Narrative
3. Vietnam War 1965-1968
4. Somalia 1992-1993
5. Iraq War 2003-2008
6. Propositions Regarding the National Will
7. Understanding the National Will- Durable War Narratives


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