The Ultimate Experience

Battlefield Revelations and the Making of Modern War Culture, 1450–2000

  • Yuval Noah Harari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: War as Revelation, 1865–2000

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      Pages 1-25
  3. The Supremacy of Mind: 1450–1740

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      Pages 27-27
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  4. The Revolt of the Body: 1740–1865

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      Pages 127-128
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  5. Conclusions: The Things Which Make You Know, 1865–2000

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-386

About this book


For millennia, war was viewed as a supreme test. In the period 1750-1850 war became much more than a test: it became a secular revelation. This new understanding of war as revelation completely transformed Western war culture, revolutionizing politics, the personal experience of war, the status of common soldiers, and the tenets of military theory.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Yuval Noah Harari
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryHebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-35867-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-58388-7
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