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Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn

Published By: NBER Series on Long-Term Factors in Economic Development. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 978-0-691-13704-9
Date of Publication: 2008


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Reviewed by: Kaivan Munshi of Brown University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.2.433.r14
Review Pages: 464-66

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Kaivan Munshi of Brown University reviews "Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War" by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn. The EconLit Abstract of the reviewed work begins "Explores the effect of peers on people's behavior, drawing upon the life histories of white and black Union Army Soldiers from the American Civil War. Discusses loyalty and sacrifice; why the U.S. Civil War; building the armies; heroes and cowards; prisoner-of-war camp survivors; the homecoming of...."
Explores the effect of peers on people's behavior, drawing upon the life histories of white and black Union Army Soldiers from the American Civil War. Discusses loyalty and sacrifice; why the U.S. Civil War; building the armies; heroes and cowards; prisoner-of-war camp survivors; the homecoming of heroes and cowards; slaves becoming freemen; and learning from the past. Costa and Kahn are at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bibliography; index.


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