Transformation of War

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Transformation of War

Transformation of War

  • Author: Martin Van Creveld
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439188897
  • Category: History
  • Page: 254
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At a time when unprecedented change in international affairs is forcing governments, citizens, and armed forces everywhere to re-assess the question of whether military solutions to political problems are possible any longer, Martin van Creveld has written an audacious searching examination of the nature of war and of its radical transformation in our own time. For 200 years, military theory and strategy have been guided by the Clausewitzian assumption that war is rational - a reflection of national interest and an extension of politics by other means. However, van Creveld argues, the overwhelming pattern of conflict in the post-1945 world no longer yields fully to rational analysis. In fact, strategic planning based on such calculations is, and will continue to be, unrelated to current realities. Small-scale military eruptions around the globe have demonstrated new forms of warfare with a different cast of characters - guerilla armies, terrorists, and bandits - pursuing diverse goals by violent means with the most primitive to the most sophisticated weapons. Although these warriors and their tactics testify to the end of conventional war as we've known it, the public and the military in the developed world continue to contemplate organized violence as conflict between the super powers. At this moment, armed conflicts of the type van Creveld describes are occurring throughout the world. From Lebanon to Cambodia, from Sri Lanka and the Philippines to El Salvador, the Persian Gulf, and the strife-torn nations of Eastern Europe, violent confrontations confirm a new model of warfare in which tribal, ethnic, and religious factions do battle without high-tech weapons or state-supported armies and resources. This low-intensity conflict challenges existing distinctions between civilian and solder, individual crime and organized violence, terrorism and war. In the present global atmosphere, practices that for three centuries have been considered uncivilized, such as capturing civilians or even entire communities for ransom, have begun to reappear. Pursuing bold and provocative paths of inquiry, van Creveld posits the inadequacies of our most basic ideas as to who fights wars and why and broaches the inevitability of man's need to "play" at war. In turn brilliant and infuriating, this challenge to our thinking and planning current and future military encounters is one of the most important books on war we are likely to read in our lifetime.

Media Power and The Transformation of War

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Media Power and The Transformation of War

Media Power and The Transformation of War

  • Author: Chiara de Franco
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137009756
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 220
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Do the news media have any role in the transformation of war and warfare? Focusing on television, this book argues that the news media alters the cognitive and strategic environment of the actors of war and politics and therefore changes the way these interact with one another.

Surrogate Warfare

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Surrogate Warfare

Surrogate Warfare

The Transformation of War in the Twenty-First Century

  • Author: Andreas Krieg,Jean-Marc Rickli
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • ISBN: 1626166781
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 264
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Surrogate Warfare explores the emerging phenomenon of “surrogate warfare” in twenty-first century conflict. The popular notion of war is that it is fought en masse by the people of one side versus the other. But the reality today is that both state and non-state actors are increasingly looking to shift the burdens of war to surrogates. Surrogate warfare describes a patron's outsourcing of the strategic, operational, or tactical burdens of warfare, in whole or in part, to human and/or technological substitutes in order to minimize the costs of war. This phenomenon ranges from arming rebel groups, to the use of armed drones, to cyber propaganda. Krieg and Rickli bring old, related practices such as war by mercenary or proxy under this new overarching concept. Apart from analyzing the underlying sociopolitical drivers that trigger patrons to substitute or supplement military action, this book looks at the intrinsic trade-offs between substitutions and control that shapes the relationship between patron and surrogate. Surrogate Warfare will be essential reading for anyone studying contemporary conflict.

Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650

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Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650

Warfare at Sea, 1500-1650

Maritime Conflicts and the Transformation of Europe

  • Author: Jan Glete
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415214544
  • Category: History
  • Page: 231
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Commencing in the late 15th century with the introduction of gunpowder in naval warfare and the rapid transformation of maritime trade, this book focuses on the scope and limitations of war before the 18th century.

The Transformation of War

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The Transformation of War

The Transformation of War

  • Author: Jean Lambert Alphonse Colin
  • Publisher: Andesite Press
  • ISBN: 9781375953207
  • Category: History
  • Page: 388
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War and the Transformation of Global Politics

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War and the Transformation of Global Politics

War and the Transformation of Global Politics

  • Author: V. Jabri
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230626394
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 230
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Drawing on critical social and political thought, the book explores the implications, arguing that late modern wars wars, often referred to as 'liberal', may be interpreted as perpetuating forms of exclusion and domination that render war a tool of control now articulated in global terms.

Contractors and War

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Contractors and War

Contractors and War

The Transformation of United States’ Expeditionary Operations

  • Author: Christopher Kinsey,Malcolm Hugh Patterson
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • ISBN: 0804782938
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 352
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The U.S. military is no longer based on a Cold War self-sufficient model. Today's armed forces are a third smaller than they were during the Cold War, and yet are expected to do as much if not more than they did during those years. As a result, a transformation is occurring in the way the U.S. government expects the military to conduct operations—with much of that transformation contingent on the use of contractors to deliver support to the armed forces during military campaigns and afterwards. Contractors and War explains the reasons behind this transformation and evaluates how the private sector will shape and be shaped by future operations. The authors are drawn from a range of policy, legislative, military, legal, and academic backgrounds. They lay out the philosophical arguments supporting the use of contractors in combat and stabilization operations and present a spectrum of arguments that support and criticize emergent private sector roles. The book provides fresh policy guidance to those who will research, direct, and carry out future deployments.

War and the State (RLE The First World War)

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War and the State (RLE The First World War)

War and the State (RLE The First World War)

The Transformation of British Government, 1914-1919

  • Author: Kathleen Burk
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317700333
  • Category: History
  • Page: 194
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This volume gives students and researchers an insight into British central government in 1914, how and why it altered during the war years and what permanent changes remained when the war was over. The war saw the scope of governmental intervention widened in an unprecedented manner. The contributors to this book analyse the reasons for this expansion and describe how the changes affected the government machine and the lives of the citizens. They consider why some innovations did not survive the coming of peace while others permanently transformed the duties and procedures of government.

The Transformation of War Plant to Peace Needs

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The Transformation of War Plant to Peace Needs

The Transformation of War Plant to Peace Needs

  • Author: John Stanley Storey
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Australia
  • Page: 29
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The Transformation of the International Order of Asia

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The Transformation of the International Order of Asia

The Transformation of the International Order of Asia

Decolonization, the Cold War, and the Colombo Plan

  • Author: Shigeru Akita,Gerold Krozewski,Shoichi Watanabe
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317694848
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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In Asia the 1950s were dominated by political decolonization and the emergence of the Cold War system, and newly independent countries were able to utilize the transformed balance of power for their own economic development through economic and strategic aid programmes. This book examines the interconnections between the transfer of power and state governance in Asia, the emergence of the Cold War, and the transfer of hegemony from the UK to the US, by focusing specifically on the historical roles of international economic aid and the autonomous response from Asian nation states in the immediate post-war context. The Transformation of the International Order of Asia offers closely interwoven perspectives on international economic and political relations from the 1950s to the 1960s, with specific focus on the Colombo Plan and related aid policies of the time. It shows how the plan served different purposes: Britain’s aim to reduce India’s wartime sterling balances in London; the quest for India’s economic independence under Jawaharlal Nehru; Japan’s regional economic assertion and its endeavour to improve its international status; Britain’s publicity policy during the reorganization of British aid policies at a time of economic crisis; and more broadly, the West’s desire to counter Soviet influence in Asia. In doing so, the chapters explore how international economic aid relations became reorganized in relation to the independent development of states in Asia during the period, and crucially, the role this transformation played in the emergence of a new international order in Asia. Drawing on a wide range of international contemporary and archival source materials, this book will be welcomed by students and scholars interested in Asian, international, and economic history, politics and development studies.