Heroism and the Changing Character of War

Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?

  • Sibylle Scheipers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?

    1. Sibylle Scheipers
      Pages 1-18
  3. Heroism and Self-Sacrifice What For?

  4. Casualty Aversion

  5. Combat Motivation

  6. From Heroes to Victims?

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-376

About this book


Post-heroism is often perceived as one of the main aspects of change in the character of war, a phenomenon prevalent in western societies. According to this view, demographic and cultural changes in the west have severely decreased the tolerance for casualties in war. This edited volume provides a critical examination of this idea.


Civil War conflicts cultural change Europe First World War France media Napoleon nation reform revolution society

Editors and affiliations

  • Sibylle Scheipers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of St AndrewsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47270-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36253-7
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