Conceptualising Modern War

Hardcover | February 14, 2012

EditorKarl Erik Haug, Ole Jorgen Maao

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Since the end of the Cold War, scholars, military historians and analysts have struggled to agree a workable definition of contemporary warfare with reference to the conflicts that have erupted since 1989, whether in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq or Afghanistan, to name only a few.Among the many attempts to hit the right conceptual note are asymmetrical war, 'Fourth Generation War' and, perhaps the most influential of all, 'New Wars'.In addition to these attempts to define war, the West's military establishments, with the Pentagon in the vanguard, have worked hard to map out new strategic and tactical concepts in order to try to win these wars. Two of the more influential from recent years are Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) andEffects-Based Operations (EBO).The contributors to Conceptualising Modern War contend that very few of these terms and concepts are particularly useful when it comes to defining war or to creating a winning strategy. On that basis it is easy to ridicule every one of these terms and concepts, but the aim of the contributors tothis book - who include Hew Strachan, David Kilcullen, Steven Metz, Helen Dexter and Ian Beckett - is instead to search for meaning where meaning can be found. Can these terms and concepts tell us something about the development of war and how wars can be won?

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Since the end of the Cold War, scholars, military historians and analysts have struggled to agree a workable definition of contemporary warfare with reference to the conflicts that have erupted since 1989, whether in the former Yugoslavia, Iraq or Afghanistan, to name only a few.Among the many attempts to hit the right conceptual note ...

Karl Erik Haug is Associate Professor of History at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim where he has been teaching since 1999. His fields of interest and publishing include Norwegian foreign policy, military history and international relations. Ole Jorgen Maao is Associate Professor of History at the Royal Norwegian Air...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 5.71 × 8.58 × 0.59 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199327653

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