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ERIC Number: ED530619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 458
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: ISBN-978-0-5211-9232-3
Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students
Downs, Donald Alexander; Murtazashvili, Ilia
Cambridge University Press
Alienation between the U.S. military and society has grown in recent decades. Such alienation is unhealthy, as it threatens both sufficient civilian control of the military and the long-standing ideal of the "citizen soldier." Nowhere is this issue more predominant than at many major universities, which began turning their backs on the military during the chaotic years of the Vietnam War. Arms and the University probes various dimensions of this alienation, as well recent efforts to restore a closer relationship between the military and the university. Through theoretical and empirical analysis, Donald Alexander Downs and Ilia Murtazashvili show how a military presence on campus in the form of ROTC (including a case study of ROTC's return to Columbia and Harvard universities), military history, and national security studies can enhance the civic and liberal education of non-military students, and in the process help to bridge the civil-military gap. This volume: (1) develops a theory of liberal and civic education and applies it with surveys of military and non-military students as well as dozens of interviews with key players at major universities such as Harvard, UW-Madison and Columbia; (2) provides a unique history of the Reserve Officer Training Corps in the Ivy League and elsewhere, including the rebellions against the program in the late 1960s and the major efforts in recent years to restore ROTC to campuses that effectively banned it back then; and (3) provides a unique discussion of the plights and status of military history and security studies as fields of inquiry, as well as a theory of civic and liberal education that is linked to these scholarly endeavors. (Contains 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York; Wisconsin