Counterinsurgency Field Manual: Links to Discussions

The following is a list of links to some current discussions and debates taking place online surrounding David Price’s criticisms of the supposed scholastic soundness of the US Army and Marine Corps’ Counterinsurgency Field Manual: “Ivory Tower? Or Glass?” Small Wars Journal Regular readers here are aware that Dr. David Price is an ardent critic […]

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David Price: Anthropology, Counterinsurgency, the Kill Chain, and Plagiarism

David Price has a new article featured on CounterPunch: “Pilfered Scholarship Devastates General Petraeus’s Counterinsurgency Manual.” In it he describes the hastily assembled military manual, which engages in frequent plagiarism of anthropological works, and the defensive posture of Montgomery McFate in her purported effort to “anthropologize the military.” What is perhaps most striking about the […]

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David Price: Anthropologists as Spies

The following is a selection of passages that I have marked out for special attention from David Price’s 2000 article in The Nation: On December 20, 1919, under the heading “Scientists as Spies,” The Nation published a letter by Franz Boas, the father of academic anthropology in America. Boas charged that four American anthropologists, whom […]

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