By William Tecumseh Sherman
Hailed as prophet of recent warfare and condemned as a harbinger of contemporary barbarism, William Tecumseh Sherman is the main arguable basic of the yank Civil struggle.
"War is cruelty, and also you can't refine it," he wrote in fury to the accomplice mayor of Atlanta, and his memoir is stuffed with dozens of such wartime exchanges. With the propulsive power and intelligence that marked his campaigns, Sherman describes outstanding incidents and anecdotes and collects dozens of his incisive and sometimes outspoken wartime orders and reviews.
This complicated self-portrait of an cutting edge and incessant American warrior offers firsthand money owed of the war's an important events--Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta crusade, the marches via Georgia and the Carolinas.
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America in its civil war and the Global Other today—they are both ﬁery, radical, self-sacriﬁcing, and, above all, beyond control. The question is, Can they meld identity power to the operational functions of military effectiveness, as a “force multiplier”? Identity 31 Moreover, is Western identity power weaker now? If such ﬁghting focus is subsiding, what does our martial decompression portend? Do our less warlike selves lead us to a killer “ﬁt” where nonstate ﬁghters become stronger than our national militaries?
For how is an imagined community to be made real? What rituals seal the communion? Hence the liturgy of war becomes a core tool in the evolution of (imagined) human community, and it works both ways. War mobilizes identity; identity mobilizes military effectiveness. A SHORT HISTORY OF IDENTITY How has “belonging” evolved? Our own “American exceptionalism” makes us resistant to empathy for others’ identities and their struggles. Reviewing how identity has evolved can give us a better sense of connectedness.
We believe in it so strongly that we either trivialize or demonize developments that do not ﬁt the story. We are threatened by alternative initiatives. People going in different directions become enemies. But the greatest weakness in our story of globalization is that we cannot see the full signiﬁcance of the back story. Hence our ineffectiveness in a changing humanity is not just about the limits we place on ourselves. Our ineffectiveness is hardwired into our very belief system. Our cultural printed circuits switch us off from how our enemies speak for the identity demand of a larger, desperate humanity.
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