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The concept of militarism has been used to describe the privileging of the role and function of the military within society. In its crudest form, militarism is characterized by the dominance of the military over civilian authority. Militarism is also characterized by the existence, within certain societies, of warlike values and the celebration of military ideals and practices. Militarism in the 20th century was linked to particular state formations and political ideologies, such as the Axis powers during World War II.

Militarism in America has not followed the path of the totalitarian dictatorships of the 20th century. Instead, in the United States, there has been a gradual increase in support for the military and a clear distinction in public opinion between criticism of the use of ...

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