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Colonial war played a vital part in transforming the reputation of the military and placing it on a standing equal to that of the navy. The book is concerned with the interactive culture of colonial warfare, with the representation of the military in popular media at home, and how these images affected attitudes towards war itself and wider intellectual and institutional forces. It sets out to relate the changing image of the military to these fundamental facts. For the dominant people they were an atavistic form of war, shorn of guilt by Social Darwinian and racial ideas, and rendered less dangerous by the increasing technological gap between Europe and the world. Attempts to justify and understand war were naturally important to dominant people, for the extension of imperial power was seldom a peaceful process. The entertainment value of war in the British imperial experience does seem to have taken new and more intensive forms from roughly the middle of the nineteenth century. Themes such as the delusive seduction of martial music, the sketch of the music hall song, powerful mythic texts of popular imperialism, and heroic myths of empire are discussed extensively. The first important British war correspondent was William Howard Russell (1820-1907) of The Times, in the Crimea. The 1870s saw a dramatic change in the representation of the officer in British battle painting. Up to that point it was the officer's courage, tactical wisdom and social prestige that were put on display.

James Johnson

that the strategic competition playing out within a broad range of dual-use AI and AI-enabling technologies will likely narrow the technological gap separating great military powers (notably the US and China) and, to a lesser extent, other technically advanced small–medium powers. 3 The chapter builds on the growing body of literature that reinforces the perception in the US that China’s pursuit of AI technologies will threaten the first-mover advantage that the US has in a range of dual-use (and military

in Artificial intelligence and the future of warfare
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Pablo Poveda Arias

Historiography tends to acknowledge the military nature of the formation process of the Visigothic kingdom in Hispania, given the credibility granted by the sources to armed conquest. 1 The military component is thus likely to have presented an essential determinant of the kingdom's political dynamics, which implies a certain degree of militarisation of the Visigothic society, 2 a trend that may be observed throughout the post-imperial west

in Early medieval militarisation
Sonja Tiernan

10 Prison reform and military conscription in Ireland ‘Outcast from joy and beauty, child of broken hopes forlorn’1 Markievicz was transferred to England on 8 August 1916, just days after Casement’s execution. Gore-Booth and Roper were the first people granted a visit to see her at Aylesbury Prison. The women, dressed in their brightest clothes, finally saw Markievicz after months apart.2 By now Gore-Booth and Markievicz were known to the authorities as women actively and publicly working against the British establishment. Not surprisingly the conversation

in Eva Gore-Booth
Tatiana Kotiukova

2 The exemption of peoples of Turkestan from universal military service as an antecedent to the 1916 revolt Tatiana Kotiukova In lieu of an introduction As a researcher I have long been preoccupied with the subject of “military service for the native population of Russian Turkestan”. After a year working in the Russian State Military History Archive, in 2010 I wrote a short article, which I  submitted for publication to the aptly-named Military History Journal (Voenno-​Istoricheskii Zhurnal). The editor felt that the title of my article was terribly dull

in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916
Jonathan Chatwin

rulered fringe as they disappeared onto the ring road. I crossed over again, more cautiously this time, to walk along the other side of Chang’an Jie, where a large military compound spreads southwards. From behind a low blocky arch which marks the entrance to the compound, an alabaster figure of Mao, hand raised in benediction, watches the crosstown traffic. Chinese military sites are marked with an emblem bearing, in red and gold, the symbols (ba) and 一 (yi), eight and one, representing the first day of the eighth month, i.e. 1 August

in Long Peace Street