Handbook of Military Institutions

Title:                      Handbook of Military Institutions

Author:                  Roger W. Little

Little, Roger W. (1971), ed. Handbook of Military Institutions. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications

LCCN:    78127989

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Date Posted:      February 1, 2017

Reviewed in American Journal of Sociology[1]

Roger Little’s volume is intended to be a basic reference source, and Little sought to have the materials presented in the form of a propositional inventory. However, as the directorate of the Inter-University Seminar notes, “we are obviously dealing with an area in which theory has outrun empirical research” (p. 5), and the reader is left with little sense of the set of propositions that comprise the theory of military sociology, or the data that have been brought to bear on these propositions.

The contributions to the Handbook are grouped in four general parts: organizational structure; occupational socialization; organizational dynamics; political military functions. The placement of some of the essays seems arbitrary. … Nevertheless, the Handbook does carry an aura of organization rather than merely being a collection.

Paul W. Blackstock[2] extends the theory of covert political action to military operations with particular attention to U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia and Vietnam. Topics discussed include political warfare and foreign policy, the Cold War heritage, the post-Cold War period, revolution and the third world, covert operations, escalation and deescalation, operational techniques.

[1] David R. Segal, Book Review, American Journal of Sociology (79, 3,November 1973), online

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. “Covert Military Operations.” Handbook of Military Institutions, pp. 455-492

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