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Divided Armies: Inequality and Battlefield Performance in Modern War

Jason Lyall


How do armies fight and what makes them victorious on the modern battlefield? This book challenges long-standing answers to this classic question by linking the fate of armies to their levels of inequality. Introducing the concept of military inequality, the book demonstrates how a state's prewar choices about the citizenship status of ethnic groups within its population determine subsequent battlefield performance. Treating certain ethnic groups as second-class citizens, either by subjecting them to state-sanctioned discrimination or, worse, violence, undermines interethnic trust, fuels griev ... More

Keywords: armies, modern battlefield, military inequality, Project Mars, wartime conduct

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691192444
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691192444.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Lyall, author
Dartmouth College

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