Military history's decline as an academic discipline is attributed to disinterest and biases among educated elites, resulting in reduced courses and education for military elites. A broader definition of military history focusing on social, economic, and cultural aspects has contributed to its decline. However, there is a growing public interest in war, highlighting the need for informed civilian oversight in democratic societies.


  1. Military history provides essential war insights, but its study is declining.
  2. The decrease is attributed to shifting interests among educated civilian elites.
  3. There's a parallel decline among military elites, undermining operational focus.
  4. Modern military history emphasizes socio-economic aspects over tactical strategy.
  5. This decline can hamper informed democratic oversight of warfare, demanding historical awareness.


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