Military history has a far greater perspective than the mere consideration of campaigns, numbers or generals’ biographies.
Anyone who wants to deal with military history has chosen a very complex and diverse topic. Because the military system is almost as old as humanity itself and a constant companion of state and society, an integral part of human culture.
Military history as cultural history
Military history has therefore increasingly been understood as cultural history. Thus, the armed forces of a country always reflect important social aspects – whether the members of a noble class were used as a cavalry, while the “infantry” consisted of peasants or whether a state would rather wish to be pure commanders or thoughtful “citizens in uniform”.
The origins of the army are closely linked with religious as well as cultic hunting rituals, and once imported military traditions often last for a very long time; even if they have lost their original meaning, their symbolic power remains.
Traditions and values
The occupation with military history is always also an occupation with the respective values, with ideological as well as beliefs, which shaped the societies and armies. Anyone wishing to understand today’s discussion of the Bundeswehr’s understanding of tradition must look at its historical roots, go back at least to the traditions of the Prussian army and also examine the self-image of the Reichswehr, the Wehrmacht, the National People’s Army and the early Bundeswehr.
An integral part of a comprehensive military history consideration is also the technical aspect; What kind of weapons were used, what tactics could be used and to what extent were people forced to submit to technology or even become part of it?
Ghostwriter and military history
Military history also offers links to politics, diplomacy, organizational psychology and sociology, as well as numerous other fields of expertise. Precisely for this reason, the diversity of topics in military history is ideal for generalists and academic ghostwriters who are accustomed to bringing in different perspectives.