Go to Your Gawd Like a Soldier: Understanding the Experience of Wars in Afghanistan from Malalai to the Mujahideen

This video examines the experience of war through four key themes: the appropriation of memory, the trauma of war, the ambiguity of victory, and the soldier experience. It offers insights into the political, cultural, economic, social, ideological, psychological, and geographical factors that characterized conflict in Afghanistan across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Presented by Dr. Robert Johnson, University of Oxford, as part of the “Voices of War: Comparative Perspectives” project run by Ohio State University History Professors Cabanes, Grimsley, Mansoor, and Siegel under the auspices of the NEH’s “Dialogues on the Experience of War” program.



Dr. Johnson is the Director of the Changing Character of War (CCW) Research Centre at the University of Oxford (www.ccw.ox.ac.uk). His primary research interests are in the history of strategy and war, and their contemporary applications, and he is prominent within professional military education across NATO. He is the author of "True to Their Salt" (2017) on partnering, "The Great War and the Middle East" (2016), "The Afghan Way of War" (2011), and co-editor of "At the End of Military Intervention" (2015) and the forthcoming "Before Military Intervention" (Palgrave, 2018), as well as several other works on strategy and armed conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. His leadership of CCW emphasizes the value of blending ideas, theory, and practice in current strategic and security policy. He will publish "T.E. Lawrence of Arabia on War" in 2019.