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War/Armed Forces
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War as a Social Institution

1. Definition: War is an organized carrying out of a → conflict between or among groups equipped with deadly weapons. Unlike the individual exercise of violence, war is therefore a societal institution that permits, indeed legally prescribes, the killing of other persons. Depending on the respective degree of organization and complexity of the…

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Rüpke, Jörg, “War/Armed Forces”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 25 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00478>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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