From Guilt to Responsibility and Beyond

Seppo, Antti

From Guilt to Responsibility and Beyond

The Evolution of German Strategic Culture after the End of the Cold War

Reihe Sozialwissenschaftliche Studien des Zentrums für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr, Band-Nr. 22
Bestell-Nr 5067
ISBN 978-3-8305-5067-9
erschienen 18.02.2021
Format kartoniert
Umfang 378 S.
Gewicht 549 g
Preis 46,00
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From Guilt to Responsibility and Beyond tackles the ever-controversial topic of German security and defence policy from the perspective of strategic culture. In particular, it describes the way in which German strategic culture – the ways of thinking and acting in terms of peace and war – has gradually changed after the end of the Cold War.
The book delivers a comprehensive picture of the evolution of German strategic culture from the end of the Second World War to present times with a focus on Post-Cold War events. It also discusses hitherto unexplored ways and methods of how to study continuity and change in strategic culture e.g. through counterfactual thought experiments. The book offers a novel scientific-philosophical take on strategic culture based on Critical Realism and concludes that a combination of present and past experiences of warfare is one of the key generative mechanisms in facilitating strategic cultural change.
The author
Antti Seppo, born 1978, studied political science and holds a PhD. in International Relations from the University of Helsinki. Between 2018 and 2020, he was a visiting scholar at the Center of Military History and Social Sciences, Potsdam. His research focuses on German and European security and defence policy, and strategic culture.
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