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Cohesion Theory: Explaining a Military’s Will to Fight

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

In this chapter cohesion theory is introduced to explain why national militaries differ in two important ways: (1) the ability of most units to fight hard on the battlefield and, (2) the capacity of ... More


Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Jasen J. Castillo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Why do national armed forces differ in their cohesion, or will to fight? Why do some country's militaries fight hard when facing defeat, while others collapse? In this book I present cohesion theory ... More


Introduction

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This chapter presents an overview of cohesion theory to explain why national militaries differ in their staying power and battlefield determination. Drawing on international relations and social ... More


Conclusion

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

The last chapter compares the findings of the seven historical case studies in the previous five chapters. These cases show the explanatory power of cohesion theory across several wars. They also ... More


France, 1940

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter four uses cohesion theory to explain why France lost quickly and decisively in 1940. According to the theory, domestic political disputes created an apathetic military by undermining its ... More


Germany, 1944–45

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter three examines Germany in World War II and World War I. The cohesion of German armed forces varied greatly between the two World Wars. The tenacity of the messianic German Army in World War ... More


What Determines the Army’s Reaction to an Uprising?

Zoltan Barany

in How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691157368
eISBN:
9781400880997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157368.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter lays out an analytical framework and outlines in detail the internal and external variables that affect the armed forces’ responses to revolutions. The army draws on four separate ... More


The United States, 1968–72

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter seven argues, according to cohesion theory, that the United States deployed a professional military to fight the Vietnam War. This professional military grew out of a combination of weak ... More


The Soviet Union, 1941

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter five examines the performance of the Soviet Armed Forces while defending its homeland against the German onslaught in 1941. Cohesion theory explains how and why Stalin's authoritarian army ... More


North Vietnam, 1965–73

Jasen J. Castillo

in Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804789103
eISBN:
9780804790727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804789103.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Chapter six examines the cohesion of the North Vietnamese Army. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam fielded a messianic army capable of fighting with a high degree of cohesion. As cohesion theory ... More


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