World Military Leaders: A Collective and Comparative Analysis

World Military Leaders: A Collective and Comparative Analysis

World Military Leaders: A Collective and Comparative Analysis

World Military Leaders: A Collective and Comparative Analysis

Synopsis

Focusing on 45 military leaders from four continents and 13 countries, spread across four centuries, this study paints, for the first time, a collective, comparative portrait of high-ranking military officers. The authors develop an interactional theory of military leaders, stressing the interplay between sociodemographic variables, psychological dynamics, and situational factors. They examine age and birthplace, socioeconomic status, family life, ethnicity and religion, education and occupation, activities and experiences, and ideologies and attitudes. They find military leaders to be a remarkably coherent and homogeneous group of men propelled toward the military by a combination of nationalism, imperialism, relative deprivation, love deprivation, marginality, and vanity.

Excerpt

Who are military leaders and what propels them toward the military profession? These are the dual questions to which this book seeks answers.

Focusing on forty-five major military figures from four continents and thirteen countries, spread across four centuries, this work presents, for the first time, a comparative, collective portrait of high-ranking military officers.

We begin by developing an interactional theory of military leaders, stressing the interplay between sociodemographic variables, psychological dynamics, and situational factors.

Focusing on sociodemographic traits, we examine age and birthplace, socioeconomic status, family life, ethnicity and religion, education and occupation, activities and experiences, and ideologies and attitudes. With some exceptions, we find military leaders to be a remarkably coherent and homogeneous group.

Turning to psychological dynamics, we find the leaders to be propelled toward military careers by some combination of nationalism, imperialism, relative deprivation, love deprivation, marginality, and vanity. (These concepts are defined in the Introduction to Part III.)

Among the situational variables, particularly important are birthplace, family influences, national crisis or emergency, and luck or chance.

We conclude by synthesizing our findings, offering some probabilistic statements concerning the major variables that may dispose a person toward a military career, and presenting some closing remarks.

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