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By Marcus Brotherton

After the Band of Brothers went domestic, they by no means forgot the teachings of war... After chronicling the non-public tales of the Band of Brothers in We who're Alive and stay, writer Marcus Brotherton provides a set of remembrances from the households of the warriors of simple Company-and how their wartime studies formed their lives off the battlefield. a firm of Heroes is an intimate, revealing portrait of the lives of the boys who fought for our freedom in the course of a number of the darkest days the area has ever known-men who again domestic with a newfound knowledge and honor that they handed onto their households, and that proceed to encourage new generations of american citizens.

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Falls ich damit recht habe, dass Staatsgebilde uns sicherer gemacht haben und der Krieg bislang so ziemlich unsere einzige Methode zur Bildung solcher Gebilde ist, bleibt uns kein anderer Schluss als der, dass der Krieg denn doch zu etwas gut gewesen ist. Meine dritte Schlussfolgerung jedoch geht noch weiter. So wie sie den Menschen ein sichereres Leben beschert haben, so haben die vom Krieg geschaffenen größeren Gesellschaften uns auch – und auch das wieder auf lange Sicht – reicher gemacht. Frieden schuf die Voraussetzungen für wirtschaftliches Wachstum und steigende Lebensstandards, so chaotisch und holprig der Prozess auch gewesen sein mag.

Dem ersten zufolge haben Kriege zu zahlenmäßig größeren Gesellschaften höherer Ordnung geführt und diese zu einem verminderten Risiko, dass eines ihrer Mitglieder eines gewaltsamen Todes stirbt. Diese Beobachtung stützt sich auf eine der großen Erkenntnisse von Archäologie und Anthropologie der letzten hundert Jahre, laut der die typische Gemeinschaft der Steinzeit winzig war. Hauptsächlich der Herausforderungen bei der Nahrungssuche wegen lebten die Menschen in Horden von einigen wenigen Dutzend, in Dörfern von einigen wenigen Hundert oder (wirklich sehr selten) in Städten von einigen Tausend.

Tatsache ist jedoch, dass professionelle Historiker und Archäologen – aus Gründen, auf die ich in Kapitel 1 eingehen werde – in den vergangenen fünfzig Jahren dem Krieg konsequent den Rücken zugewandt haben. Während meiner ersten zwanzig Jahre als Archäologe (ich habe 1986 promoviert) folgte ich größtenteils der Tradition meiner Branche. Erst während der Arbeit an meinem Buch Wer regiert die Welt? Warum Zivilisationen herrschen oder beherrscht werden bekam ich endlich ein Gespür dafür, wozu der Krieg tatsächlich gut gewesen war.

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