Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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 as 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.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Normative and Pedagogical Framework
Introduction: The Closing of the University Mind: The Military-University Gap and the Problem of Civic and Liberal Educationp. 3
Education in the Regime: How a Military Presence Can Enhance Civic and Liberal Educationp. 40
Rotc and the University
ROTC and the University: An Introductionp. 77
ROTC and the Ivies: Before the Stormp. 103
ROTC and the Ivies: The Divorcep. 131
ROTC, Columbia, and the Ivy League: Sisyphus Renews His Quest to Renew a Troubled Relationshipp. 161
Post-DADT: Sisyphus Ascends the Mountainp. 198
Pedagogy and Military Presence: The Educational Influence of Student-Soldiers in Their Own Wordsp. 226
Winning Hearts and Minds? The Consequences of Military Presence for Non-military Studentsp. 256
Military History Examined
Military History: An Endangered or Protected Species?p. 283
Half Empty or Half Full: Military Historians' Perspectives on the Status of Military History at the Leading Departmentsp. 320
Military Presence in Security Studies: Political Realism (Re) Consideredp. 356
Security Studies in the Wake of the Cold War University: Paragons of Productive Friction, or Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater?p. 381
Concluding Thoughts
Conclusion: Placing the Military in the Universityp. 411
Indexp. 425
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