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Conflict, Security and the Reshaping of Society (Open Access): The Civilization of War (Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security)

Examines the effect of contemporary wars (such as the 'War on Terror') on civil life at a global level. This title shows how 'war' and 'security' tend to exchange targets and forms of action as well as personnel (for instance, the use of private contractors in wars and of military experts in the 'struggle for security') in modern society.

British Muslim Soldier

It isn't nice but you're an animal, so you can do it, dressed in green and brown and black waiting to be attacked and smiling because you had bullets for teeth.

Adnan Sarwar, a Pakistani boy from Burnley, joined the British Army - the White Man's Army. Why did he do it? To prove he was as white as his friends? For Queen and Country? Or to work out who he was - British, Muslim or a Soldier? Perhaps he could be all three.

'British Muslim Soldier' is Adnan's journey through the battlegrounds of war, race and identity, facing up to the often brutal realities of these fraught warzones. There is racism, family ties, tedious routine, enemies and torture. But what Adnan's story really comes down to is love - love for his family, for his fellow squaddies - and a deep-rooted sense of identity and belonging.

...when did these clothes fit so well? When did Corporal become an older brother and when did the army become a mother? When did I become a British soldier?

Let's Kill the Dai Uy (Short Story)

This article is a hilarious tale of an Air Force combat fighter pilot in Vietnam who goes out on patrol with a special forces team he has supported many times from the air. Seeing the pilot is having a hard time keeping up, one of the Chinese mercenaries called Nungs, says to the team leader, "Let's kill the Dai Uy."

Dai Uy is Vietnamese for captain.

Read on to see what happened.

The Long Escape