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Militarism is a word that is not often heard in the Queen Vic or indeed many other places; it is like so many isms a slippery word with a variety of definition to suit the occasion or point of view. It is a word that gained widespread use in the middle of the 19th century and was very ‘popular’ by propagandists during WW1 when posters exhorted us to ‘Smash German Militarism’. The PPU, had it been around then, might have put a slightly different spin on this; its slogan might have been ‘Scrap all Militarism’. Punch cartoon on German militarism 1915The point being that militarism in advance of WW1 did not exist only in Germany but was also rife in Britain. Viewed at its simplest militarism is the belief in the use of force and violence to promote and protect national interest. The most visible mechanism of this value system is of course the armed forces to which we must add all those who enthusiastically support, praise and exalt the military. In Britain this has become a full time business for some but these days there is a positive orgy of enthusiasm for the armed forces around Remembrance time despite the military’s total ineffectiveness at their job - winning battles or managing their budget.




Militarism as seen by Punch magazine in 1915






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Cities Under Siege - the new military urbanism. Stephen Graham
The New American Militarism. Andrew J Bachevich

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